Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 5:13 pm Saturday, 23 October 2021.

Severe thunderstorms are developing across northern parts of the state

Weather situation: broad areas of moisture and instability are triggering thunderstorms across NSW.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce large, possibly giant hailstones and damaging, locally destructive winds in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Lismore, Grafton, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Taree, Armidale, Tamworth and Dubbo.

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.
* 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.