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Hail and heavy storms in New South Wales and Queensland


People are urged to move cars undercover, secure loose outdoor items and stay indoors as hail and heavy thunderstorms affect the New South Wales coast and southeast Queensland. 

The Bureau of Meteorology on Saturday issued a warning for severe thunderstorms along the entire NSW coast and as far inland as Dubbo, with large hail, heavy rain and damaging winds expected.

An urgent warning was issued around midday for areas in Sydney’s southwest – Camden, Campbelltown, Sutherland, Liverpool, Helensburgh and Bundeena – with the  storm forecast to track over waters off Stanwell Park and Thirroul by mid-afternoon.

Flash flooding is expected all along the coast, with the bureau warning it could be life-threatening near Goulburn, Yass and Young.

Massive rainfall totals have already been recorded across the state on Saturday morning, with Ulladulla on the south coast receiving 109mm in only three hours.

A flood warning has also been issued for Wamban in the south, with the Deua River expected to swell to 4.4m on Saturday afternoon.

The low pressure trough causing the weather will head east during Saturday, bringing showers to many areas and the risk of hail and strong winds to parts of the mid north coast and Northern Tablelands.

“There’s going to be fairly significant weather this weekend (but) the good news is that as we move into next week … we’ll start to see a bit of an easing of conditions, which we haven’t seen through NSW in probably a week or so,” BOM forecaster David Wilkie said on Friday.

Queensland has been hit with golf ball-sized hailstones as dangerous supercell thunderstorms move across the state’s southeast.

Hail fell at Gatton and Adare, west of Brisbane, the Bureau of Meteorology said, and damaging winds and torrential rain that could lead to flash flooding were also likely.

“Already we are seeing severe thunderstorms on the NSW-Queensland border and Scenic Rim,” meteorologist James Thompson said.

“Very dangerous thunderstorms … supercell thunderstorms that could lead to giant hail and destructive wind gusts in excess of 125km/h.”

Severe thunderstorms are forecast to rapidly develop along the Great Dividing Range throughout Saturday afternoon and push towards the coast.

The forecast comes less than a week after two days of storms delivered a month worth of rain and flash flooding to some parts of the state, including Brisbane.

Tennis ball-sized hailstones pummelled the region on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Beachmere, near Caboolture, recorded 80mm of rain in an hour and 70mm fell on the Upper Lockyer, west of Brisbane.

Tiaro, north of the Sunshine Coast, recorded 51mm of rain in an hour, with 22mm of it falling in five minutes.

Flash flooding affected some Brisbane areas at the height of the storms on Tuesday, which was the wettest October day in the city since 2010.



 

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