THE Bureau of Meteorology has issued a short term severe thunderstorm and heavy rainfall warning, which may lead to flash flooding.

Thunderstorm and shower activity is constantly changing, with significant rainfall expected to continue until Sunday.

Singleton is expected to receive up to 20 millimetres of rainfall today, up to 30 tomorrow and 20 again on Sunday.

The coastal trough causing the rain is predicted to deepen tomorrow and may develop into a low trough on Sunday however, continued showers are expected to be directed onshore.

The next warning is due to be issued by 11:00 am.

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

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:

  • 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;
  • Be aware that run-off from rainfall in fire affected areas may behave differently and be more rapid. It may also contain debris such as ash, soil, trees and rocks;
  • After bushfires, heavy rain and the loss of foliage can make the ground soft and heavy, leading to a greater chance of landslides;
  • Unplug computers and appliances;
  • Avoid using the phone during the storm;
  • Stay indoors away from windows, and keep children and pets indoors as well;
  • Stay vigilant and monitor conditions. Note that the landscape may have changed following bushfires.

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