Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Northern Rivers, Upper Western and Northern Tablelands Forecast Districts.

Issued at 7:51 pm Thursday, 23 December 2021.

The potential for severe thunderstorms slowly contracting to the northeast.

Weather Situation: A moist and unstable airmass is combining with multiple surface troughs to support thunderstorm activity across central and eastern parts of the state.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds over the next several hours in parts of the Upper Western district.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding over the next several hours in parts of the Northern Rivers and Northern Tablelands districts. Locations which may be affected include Casino, Kyogle, Tabulam, Wiangaree, Drake and Mallanganee.

Severe thunderstorms are no longer occurring in the Hunter, Central Tablelands, North West Slopes and Plains and Central West Slopes and Plains districts and the warning for these districts is CANCELLED.

Bendemeer recorded 59mm in 60 minutes and 72mm in 90 minutes.

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 (131 388), Endeavour Energy (131 003), Essential Energy (132 080) or Evoenergy (131 093) as shown on your power bill.
* Trees that have been damaged by fire are likely to be more unstable and more likely to fall.
* 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.
* Be aware that run-off from rainfall in fire affected areas may behave differently and be more rapid. It may also contain debris such as ash, soil, trees and rocks.
* After bushfires, heavy rain and the loss of foliage can make the ground soft and heavy, leading to a greater chance of landslides.
* Unplug computers and appliances.
* Avoid using the phone during the storm.
* Stay indoors away from windows, and keep children and pets indoors as well.
* Stay vigilant and monitor conditions. Note that the landscape may have changed following bushfires.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring the SES (NSW and ACT) on 132 500.