BATHURST residents have been warned to move their cars away from trees after a the Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe thunderstorm warning for this afternoon.
The warning, issued at 2.50pm, says the thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and damaging winds over the next several hours.
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 eight metres away from fallen power lines or objects that may be energised, such as fences.
- Report fallen power lines to Essential Energy (132 080).
- * Trees that have been damaged by fire are likely to be more unstable and more likely to fall.
- Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
- Don't walk, ride your bike or drive through flood water.
- 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 (NSW and ACT) on 132 500.
The next warning is due to be issued by 5.50pm.
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