Severe Weather Warning: Damaging Winds & Heavy Rain

Issued at 9am Saturday, 2 December 2017

Severe Weather Warning: Damaging Winds & Heavy Rain

For people in South West Slopes, Australian Capital Territory and parts of Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands, Central West Slopes and Plains, Riverina and Snowy Mountains Forecast Districts.

Issued at 9:06 am Saturday, 2 December 2017.

WIDESPREAD HEAVY RAIN IN SOUTHERN NEW SOUTH WALES. DAMAGING WINDS OVER THE ALPINE PEAKS.

Weather Situation: A tropical, warm and humid airmass over New South Wales will interact with a complex low pressure system moving through today.

HEAVY RAIN which may lead to FLASH FLOODING is likely over the Riverina, South West Slopes, Australian Capital Territory, southern parts of the Central West Slopes and Plains, and the western parts of the Southern Tablelands and Snowy Mountains districts during Saturday.

48 hour totals, including rainfall already recieved, exceeding 100 mm are likely with localised falls up to 200 mm.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 80 to 90 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 110 km/h are possible over the Alpine peaks above 1900 metres.

Flood Warnings for the Murrimbidgee and Murray rivers are current.

A Flood Watch for Southern and Central Western New South Wales is current.

Locations which may be affected include Canberra, Cooma, Yass, Condobolin, Wagga Wagga, Albury, Young, West Wyalong, Tumbarumba, Deniliquin, Griffith and Narrandera.

Severe weather is no longer occurring in the Lower Western district and the warning for this district is CANCELLED.

In the 24 hours to 9am today Burndoo has recieved 94 mm of rain, Waiko 83 mm, and Long Plain 77.2 mm.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Move vehicles 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.
* Don't drive, ride or walk through flood water.
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* If you are trapped by flash flooding, seek refuge in the highest available place and ring 000 if you need rescue.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.

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