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Weather Warnings - Severe Thunderstorm Warning

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
New South Wales


For people in the North West Slopes and Plains, Northern Tablelands and parts of
the Northern Rivers, Mid North Coast, Central West Slopes and Plains and Upper
Western Forecast Districts.

Issued at 6:39 pm Thursday, 8 December 2016.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds in the warning area
over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Armidale,
Tenterfield, Inverell, Tamworth, Gunnedah, Moree, Narrabri, Walgett, Mungindi,
Coonamble, Lightning Ridge and Brewarrina.

Severe thunderstorms are no longer occurring in the Hunter and Lower Western
districts and the warning for these districts is CANCELLED.

96km/h [52 knot] wind gust recorded at Tibooburra at 2:03pm.
87km/h [47 knot] wind gust recorded at Cobar at 4:21pm.

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 8 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.
* 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 [NSW and ACT] on 132

The next warning is due to be issued by 9:40 pm.

Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's
website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 218. The Bureau and State Emergency
Service would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.
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