Carols by Candlelight on track for tonight

ORANGE'S Carols by Candlelight event tonight will go ahead as planned despite a severe thunderstorm warning in place for areas to the east of the region.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a warning for parts of the central tablelands and Katoomba.

Tonight's Carols by Candlelight are on at North Court from 7pm with entertainment to run from 7.30pm to 8.45pm.

Bring your own picnic rug and don't forget to pick up your free carols song book.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce large hailstones and damaging winds in the warning area over the next several hours.

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 clear of fallen power lines

* 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.

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