Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in North West Slopes and Plains, Northern Tablelands and parts of Mid North Coast and Hunter Forecast Districts.

Issued at 1:58 pm Tuesday, 18 January 2022.

Heavy rainfall and damaging winds possible in the northern interior from slow-moving storms.

Weather Situation: very humid air is flowing from the north into a trough that lies across the interior. Some areas are expected to see heavy falls accumulate over the course of an hour or two.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce intense rainfall that may lead to dangerous and life-threatening flash flooding and damaging winds over the next several hours in parts of the North West Slopes and Plains and Northern Tablelands districts. Locations which may be affected include Walcha, Uralla and Bendemeer.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and damaging winds over the next several hours in the North West Slopes and Plains, Northern Tablelands and parts of the Mid North Coast and Hunter districts. Locations which may be affected include Scone, Armidale, Tenterfield, Glen Innes, Inverell, Tamworth, Gunnedah, Narrabri, Boggabri, Bendemeer, Bingara and Tambar Springs.

32mm of rainfall was recorded at BENDEMEER (BONNA) in the 30 min to 01:00pm.

51mm of rainfall was recorded at BUNDELLA (CREEK) in the 1 hour to 11.00am.

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.