Severe thunderstorm warning in place for Bathurst

Update 1.35pm

AN updated rain reading has now been provided by the Bureau of Meteorology, with 14 millimetres of rain recorded at Bathurst Airport.

Earlier

LONG-AWAITED rain has finally started to fall in Bathurst, with fast-flowing water flowing across city streets.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) may have been predicting rain for much of the past week, however little has been recorded.

At 12.56pm at Bathurst Airport, the most recent observation by the BOM, indicated five millimetres of rain had been recorded so far.

A severe thunderstorm warning is also in place for Bathurst, and the BOM say heavy rainfall could lead to flash flooding in the warning area.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should: 

  • 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 triple-0 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 on 132 500.