The Bureau of Meteorology has released warnings of heavy rainfall, large hail, and flash flooding this weekend, and the NSW State Emergency Service (NSW SES) is encouraging communities to be prepared.
Storms should continue throughout tonight (Friday 30 October), shifting across coastal and regional parts of eastern Australia.
NSW SES State Duty Commander, Dean Storey, has advised locals to brace for impact, suggesting people move their cars from underneath trees and powerlines, clear their yards of loose items, and check gutters and downpipes for blockages to avoid any flooding.
“With the advice from the Bureau of Meteorology indicating this has the potential to occur in northern and southern parts of the state, it is really important communities start checking the weather forecast for what they are likely to expect,” he said.
“It is also important that people move their cars from underneath trees and powerlines, clear their front and backyards of loose items, and check their gutters and downpipes for blockages to avoid any flooding.”
Mr Storey also stressed the importance of driving to local road conditions during extreme weather.
“If you come across floodwater, never drive, walk or ride through it,” he warned.
“It doesn’t matter how experienced a driver someone thinks they are, or if they think their car is capable – do not attempt to cross it.”
With a variety of floodway areas across the Hunter, it is advised locals are being advised to keep up with weather developments and community announcements.
For more information on how to prepare for severe weather conditions, visit the NSW SES website.