Severe Thunderstorm Warning: large hailstones and damaging winds for Scone, Armidale, Maitland, Cessnock

THE Bureau of Meteorology has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for people in Northeastern NSW for hail and damaging winds at 3:25pm Friday December 8.

Locations which may be affected include Scone, Armidale, Maitland, Cessnock, Newcastle, Gosford, Port Macquarie, Taree and Tenterfield.

The warning includes people in Mid North Coast, Hunter, Northern Tablelands and parts of Metropolitan, Central Tablelands and North West Slopes and Plains Forecast Districts.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce large hailstones and damaging winds in the warning area over the next several hours.

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. 

Warning area. (Photo: BOM).

Warning area. (Photo: BOM).