NSW SES warn residents of possible thunderstorms and heavy rain on NSW coast.

A stormy sky at Tuncurry Racecourse last weekend. Photo Scott Calvin
A stormy sky at Tuncurry Racecourse last weekend. Photo Scott Calvin

NSW State Emergency Service (SES) is encouraging residents to prepare for thunderstorms and periods of heavy rain starting today and extending into the weekend.

Based on current predictions a coastal trough is likely to bring several days of very wet conditions including the potential for flash flooding, hail and damaging winds.

The system will affect the entire NSW coast with the Illawarra, Sydney and Hunter areas most affected.

NSW SES Incident Controller Tony Day said, “This is a heads up to the community to get ready for a couple of wet and stormy days. The best way residents can help our volunteers is be aware of any severe weather warnings that might be issued and to stay out of flood water.

“Our volunteers are on standby and people can request emergency flood and storm assistance on 132 500 or dial triple 000 if it’s a life threatening situation," Mr Day added.

Before the weather deteriorates the NSW SES recommends taking a quick check around your home to ensure outdoor furniture is secure, overhanging branches are trimmed, gutters and down pipes are clear of debris.

Re-supply your home emergency kit with fresh batteries for your torch and portable radio.

For more advice on how to prepare, visit the Get Ready website www.ses.nsw.gov.au/getready.

NSW SES is also urging the public to plan their trips, drive to road conditions and to take care around areas with low lying causeways. Remember to never drive, walk, ride or play in flood waters.

To keep up to date with information visit the NSW SES website www.ses.nsw.gov.au, follow NSW SES on Facebook or listen to your local radio station.

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