Severe thunderstorm warning issued

A SEVERE thunderstorm warning has been issued for Orange and the central west with damaging winds predicted over the next few 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.

Other locations which may be affected include Canberra, Goulburn, Wagga Wagga, Cobar and Bourke.

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