Sydney weather alert
A major storm system is heading for population centres west of Sydney, including the Blue Mountains and western Sydney suburbs.
“Large hailstones are likely,” the BOM said.
The NSW Weather Bureau said a storm, moving in a north-easterly direction, was due to bring strong winds, heavy rain and hail.
The weather forecasters warned of hail and dangerous conditions in the coming minutes:
“ Warning for hail, wind and rain. Storms moving north towards the Blue Mountains. Time to move your car under cover.” The BOM said on social media.
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Update: Twitter user in Katoomba shares video of hail storm.
Here’s the full warning summary from the Bureau of Meteorology in Sydney:
The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 2:00 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Lake Burragorang and Yerranderie.
These thunderstorms are moving towards the northeast.
They are forecast to affect the Blue Mountains south of Hazelbrook, the Burragorang State Recreation Area and Nattai by 2:30 pm and Penrith, Oakdale and Warragamba by 3:00 pm.
Heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding, damaging winds and large hailstones are likely.
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.
* 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.
More updates to come