Severe thunderstorm warning issued for Illawarra, Sydney | Illawarra Mercury

Date: 2021-12-03 06:01:26

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Hail has struck Woonona, and concluded a severe thunderstorm warning from the Bureau of Meteorology. While large hail struck parts of the northern suburbs shortly after 6pm, the Bureau of Meteorolgy cancelled the severe thunderstorm warning in place for Sydney and the Illawarra. EARLIER: The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe thunderstorm alert, warning of destructive winds and giant hailstones in coming hours. The weather will hit parts of the Illawarra, Hunter, Metropolitan, and Central Tablelands forecast districts. Locations which may be affected include Bowral, Gosford, Cessnock, Maitland, Penrith and Katoomba. Read more: Your guide to the 2021 council elections in Wollongong, Shellharbour and Kiama If severe thunderstorms develop in Wollongong, Sydney, Newcastle or surrounding areas, a more detailed Severe Thunderstorm Warning will be issued. A trough moving north along the coast is leading to thunderstorm development on the ranges inland from the coast. 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 eight metres from fallen power lines; report fallen power lines to either Ausgrid (131 388), Endeavour Energy (131 003), Essential Energy (132 080) or Evoenergy (131 093); unplug computers and appliances; 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 7:15 pm. The Illawarra Mercury newsroom is funded by our readers. You can subscribe to support our journalism here. Sign up for breaking news emails below …

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