Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Central Tablelands, North West Slopes and Plains and parts of Mid North Coast, Hunter, Southern Tablelands, Central West Slopes and Plains, South West Slopes, Riverina, Lower Western and Northern Tablelands Forecast Districts.

Issued at 7:54 pm Thursday, 30 September 2021.

Severe thunderstorms continuing and developing across much of NSW.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging, locally destructive winds and large, possibly giant hailstones over the next several hours in parts of the Central Tablelands district. Locations which may be affected include Capertee, Kandos and Hill End.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and large hailstones over the next several hours in the Central Tablelands, North West Slopes and Plains and parts of the Mid North Coast, Hunter, Southern Tablelands, Central West Slopes and Plains, South West Slopes, Riverina, Lower Western and Northern Tablelands districts. Locations which may be affected include Armidale, Orange, Tamworth, Moree, Wagga Wagga and Hay.

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 (131 388), Endeavour Energy (131 003), Essential Energy (132 080) or Evoenergy (131 093) as shown on your power bill.
* Trees that have been damaged by fire are likely to be more unstable and more likely to fall.
* Unplug computers and appliances.
* Avoid using the phone during the storm.
* Stay indoors away from windows, and keep children and pets indoors as well.
* Stay vigilant and monitor conditions. Note that the landscape may have changed following bushfires.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring the SES (NSW and ACT) on 132 500.