Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Hunter, Metropolitan, Central Tablelands and Northern Tablelands Forecast Districts.

Issued at 12:15 am Saturday, 8 September 2018.

Severe thunderstorms may produce large hailstones and heavy rainfall over the next several hours in parts of the Hunter, Metropolitan and Central Tablelands districts. Locations which may be affected include Gosford, Putty, Wollombi, Kulnura, Glen Davis and Bilpin.

Severe thunderstorms may produce heavy rainfall and damaging winds over the next several hours in parts of the Northern Tablelands district. Locations which may be affected include Glen Innes, Woodenbong, Baryulgil, Jackadgery, Guyra and Emmaville.

Severe thunderstorms are no longer occurring in the North West Slopes and Plains district and the warning for this district is CANCELLED.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony.
* Keep at least 8 metres away from fallen power lines or objects that may be energised, such as fences.
* Report fallen power lines to either Ausgrid on 131 388, or Endeavour Energy on 131 003 or Essential Energy on 132 080, as shown on your power bill.
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* Don't walk, ride your bike or drive through flood water.
* If you are trapped by flash flooding, seek refuge in the highest available place and ring 000 if you need rescue.
* Unplug computers and appliances.
* Avoid using the phone during the storm.
* Stay indoors away from windows, and keep children and pets indoors as well.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring the SES (NSW and ACT) on 132 500.