Severe storm warning issued for southern NSWSunday December 23, 2012 - 18:14 EDT
A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for much of southern New South Wales.
The Bureau of Meteorology says hailstones, heavy rain and possible flash flooding may occur this afternoon in Batemans Bay, Orange, Canberra, Goulburn Cooma and Yass.
Damaging winds may also affect parts of the central west, including Parkes, Wagga Wagga, Albury, Griffith and Narrandera.
Emergency services are urging people to secure loose items around their homes and stay indoors.
© ABC 2012
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