Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in East Coast and parts of South East and North East Forecast Districts.

Issued at 2:40 pm Monday, 28 February 2022.

Heavy rain on the east coast this afternoon

Weather Situation: An unstable and humid easterly flow is causing thunderstorms embedded within areas of rain, enhancing rain fall rates this afternoon

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include St Helens, Swansea, Bicheno, Orford, Fingal and Scamander.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Avoid driving, walking or riding through flood waters.
* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
* Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132500.