Weather Warnings - Severe Thunderstorm Warning

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
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Severe Thunderstorm Warning
for Heavy Rainfall

for Northern Rivers Forecast District.

Issued at 6:10 am Saturday, 18 January 2020.

Weather Situation
A line of storms embedded within a slow moving rainband generates heavy rainfall for parts of the Northern Rivers.
HEAVY RAINFALL for the following areas:
Northern Rivers
Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce intense rainfall that may lead to dangerous and life-threatening flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Lismore, Ballina, Casino, Kyogle, Yamba and Maclean.
Severe thunderstorms are no longer occurring in the Northern Tablelands district and the warning for this district is CANCELLED.
Be aware that run-off from rainfall in fire affected areas may behave differently and be more rapid. It may also contain debris such as ash, soil, trees and rocks.
Trees that have been damaged by fire are likely to be more unstable and more likely to fall.
Stay vigilant and monitor conditions. Note that the landscape may have changed following bushfires.
In the 60min to 5:45am: Clothiers Creek recorded 78mm and Tumbulgum recorded 68mm.
Warning for the following areas:
Northern Tablelands

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* Don't walk, ride your bike or drive through flood water.
* If you are trapped by flash flooding, seek refuge in the highest available place and ring 000 if you need rescue.
* 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 132 500.

The next warning is due to be issued by 9:10 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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