Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 2:42 pm Thursday, 24 February 2022.

Thunderstorms with heavy rainfall are developing over the northeast.

Weather Situation: A trough is moving north along the northeast coast and adjacent inland. The very moist airmass in place ahead of this trough will favour heavy rainfall with any thunderstorm activity that develops.

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, 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.