Thunderstorms ready to rumble again in NSWRob Sharpe, Monday February 11, 2013 - 11:08 EDT
New South Wales was hit by an array of thunderstorms yesterday that battered locations from Canberra to Sydney to Tamworth.
Storms sparked up during the afternoon along the slopes and plains of New South Wales before moving east and north. The Blue Mountains copped heavy rainfall with Katoomba gaining 11mm in only 10 minutes amongst afternoon and evening storms totalling 28mm.
Western Sydney were blasted by a series of storms cells with Penrith picking up 18mm. Eastern parts of Sydney only received thundery showers with most suburbs picking up around 10mm.
The heaviest rainfall was further north and during the evening where Cessnock collected 15mm in ten minutes and Tamworth gained a total of 53mm. Tamworth also experienced winds gusting to 76km/h.
Today, thunderstorms are expected to redevelop primarily from the Central Tablelands to the Northern Tablelands. There is again the risk of large hail, heavy rain and a slight risk of damaging wind gusts.
The Hunter and Mid North Coast are also faced with the risk of severe storms, most likely in the west.
On Tuesday storms will contract further north before storms clear eastern NSW on Wednesday.
© Weatherzone 2013
More breaking news
Wind gusts of 83 kilometres per hour have slammed Port Augusta at the top of the Eyre Peninsula, as South Australia battens down for severe weather.
Major flooding will continue to affect parts of central western New South Wales well into October as inundated catchments struggle to cope with record-breaking rainfall.
Residents who have had to evacuate their homes at Forbes in the New South Wales central-west may be able to return if flood levels continue to recede.