NSW SES URGES COMMUNITY TO BE PREPARED AS THUNDERSTORMS HIT EASTERN SEABOARD

18/01/2023 04:24 PM

The NSW SES is urging the community to stay storm safe, as sunny conditions are expected to deteriorate into showers and thunderstorms for the majority of the state this afternoon.

A rain front will make its way from the south of the state, moving north towards Sydney and further up the coast. This will bring with it widespread showers and isolated thunderstorms.

NSW SES Assistant Commissioner Sean Kearns said people need to be mindful of the change in conditions this afternoon.

“We have had a number of days of fine weather, but we will see widespread rain and thunderstorms this afternoon for the majority of NSW, particularly on the east coast,” Assistant Commissioner Kearns said.

“People may be out and enjoying the good weather while on holidays, which may put them in an unfamiliar location when the weather changes. This is why it is important to keep up to date with the weather forecast in your area by visiting the BOM website and make smart, safe decisions.

“Driving during and after a thunderstorm can be very dangerous. If you can, delay your trip, park under cover and if you need to drive, drive patiently and to the conditions.”

The NSW SES advises that these forecast thunderstorms may bring with it localised flash flooding, particularly around the Sydney and Illawarra area. To ensure your safety, never drive, walk or ride through flood water.

NSW SES continues to respond to the ongoing flooding event in inland NSW. Conditions around Menindee have eased slightly, allowing volunteers to commence impact assessments of damaged properties in the area. NSW SES continues to work with partner agencies to monitor the flooding in western NSW, with the intent of returning people to their homes as soon as practical.

 

For emergency help in floods and storms, call the NSW SES on 132 500. 

In life threatening situations, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

 

 


Media enquiries: NSW SES Media 1800 067 234 or media@ses.nsw.gov.au

 


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