Severe thunderstorm warning for New England/North West

HAIL stones, flash flooding and heavy rain could hit the New England and North West area according to a severe thunderstorm warning 

issued this afternoon.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued the warning about 4pm saying that 

Armidale, Tenterfield, Glen Innes, Inverell, Moree and Tabulam

 couldkk be affected.

Further updates were expected to be issued later this evening.

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 clear of fallen power lines. 

* 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.

* Unplug computers and appliances. 

* Avoid using the phone during the storm. 

* Stay indoors away from windows, and keep children and pets indoors as well. 

* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring the SES (NSW and ACT) on 132 500. 

Visit www.bom.gov.au for more information.

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