Sydney weather: It’s dusty, Smokey, hot and it’s about to get crazier, with a severe weather system coming for Sydney.
There’s a lot of dust from dry areas, and smoke from bushfires in the air. An extreme cold front system could make things dramatically worse.
TOP PRIORITY FOR IMMEDIATE BROADCAST
Severe Thunderstorm Warning
for LARGE HAILSTONES and DAMAGING WINDS
For people in Hunter, Metropolitan, Illawarra, South Coast, Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands, South West Slopes, Snowy Mountains, Australian Capital Territory and parts of Mid North Coast, North West Slopes and Plains and Central West Slopes and Plains Forecast Districts.
Issued at 12:20 pm Tuesday, 26 November 2019.
GUSTY THUNDERSTORMS FOR EASTERN NSW AND ACT
Weather Situation: A cold front crossing the state is generating gusty thunderstorms. This front is expected to move out to sea later this evening.
Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Newcastle, Gosford, Sydney, Wollongong, Orange 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.
* 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 1:55 pm.
If severe thunderstorms develop in Sydney Newcastle Wollongong or surrounding areas, a more detailed Severe Thunderstorm Warning will be issued to people in this area.
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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