Marine Weather Warnings - Severe Thunderstorm Warning

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
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Severe Thunderstorm Warning
for Large Hailstones And Damaging Winds

for Hunter and parts of Mid North Coast, Metropolitan, Central Tablelands, North West Slopes and Plains and Central West Slopes and Plains Forecast Districts.

Issued at 7:57 am Monday, 17 February 2020.

LARGE HAILSTONES and DAMAGING WINDS for the following areas:
Mid North Coast, Hunter, Metropolitan, Central Tablelands, North West Slopes and Plains and Central West Slopes and Plains
Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce large hailstones and damaging winds in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Newcastle, Gosford, Cessnock, Maitland, Mudgee and Dubbo.

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 (131 388), Endeavour Energy (131 003), Essential Energy (132 080) or Evoenergy (131 093) as shown on your power bill.
* Trees that have been damaged by fire are likely to be more unstable and more likely to fall.
* Unplug computers and appliances.
* Avoid using the phone during the storm.
* Stay indoors away from windows, and keep children and pets indoors as well.
* Stay vigilant and monitor conditions. Note that the landscape may have changed following bushfires.
* 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 11:00 am.
Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 210. The Bureau and State Emergency Service would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.
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