WIDESPREAD thunderstorm activity is possible for the Central West on Friday afternoon, with wild weather predicted for Orange and much of the state.
A Bureau of Meteorology’s alert shows that severe thunderstorms were possible in Orange, as well in other Central West areas including Parkes, Forbes and Cowra.
In Bathurst, Dubbo, Nyngan and Narromine more minor thunderstorms were possible, while a severe thunderstorm was expected to hit Young on Friday afternoon with large hailstones and damaging winds predicted.
The prediction comes on the back of heavy rain in Orange on Thursday, with the BoM recording 40 millimeters at Orange Regional Airport and 16 millimetres in North Orange in he 24 hours to 9am on Friday.
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.
- 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 on 132 500
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