BATHURST has been issued with a second severe weather warning in as many days.
Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds over the next several hours, with the State Emergency Service (SES) warning supercells are likely.
A trough is moving through the state with warm and high humidity air ahead is bringing storms to the state today, the Bureau of Meteorology’s warning states.
“The strong storm movement and fast winds aloft mean damaging wind gusts are the likely phenomena,” it continued.
“Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding over the next several hours.”
SES Central West region controller Craig Ronan said supercells were “big nasty storms”.
“They’re thunderstorms which have large hail, strong winds and very heavy rain,” he said.
“Tornados form in supercells.”
Advice from the State Emergency Service:
- Move your car under cover or away from trees.
- Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony.
- Keep at least eight 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 on 132 500.