A severe weather warning has been put in place for people in parts of the Metropolitan area.
“We are seeing thunderstorms in areas and rain and showers that are moving from the south-western part of the basin and they are closing the state slowly,” Jacob Cronje, senior meteorologist at Weather Zone. told Triple M.
“Storms have already started flaring up in places like Campbelltown and we are seeing rainfall in areas like Richmond and Penrith and all of these features are starting to move into areas like Liverpool and Bankstown in the early afternoon.
“It’s quite likely we’ll see thunderstorm activity to the immediate west of the city and even in places like the airport and Sydney itself could see the odd thunderstorm or lightning strike.
“There are also strong wind warning issued for large parts of NSW including Sydney City.
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 on 131 388, or Endeavour Energy on 131 003 or Essential Energy on 132 080, as shown on your power bill.
* 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.
For more go to: www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 218.