A severe thunderstorm could bring heavy rain and large hail to parts of the Riverina on Wednesday.
The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the region around 3.15pm, putting communities in a narrow strip of the state on alert.
Wagga is just outside the western edge of the warning area, while Junee, Young, Tumbarumba and Khancoban could be directly affected as storms move into the area.
"Severe thunderstorms may produce large hailstones and heavy rainfall that could lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours," the BoM said in its alert.
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The warning covers the South West Slopes and parts of the Riverina and Snowy Mountains, as well as the Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands, ACT and Central West Slopes and Plains.
There has reportedly been falls of hail measuring two centimetres at Canowindra, in the Central West, the bureau advised.
The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
- Move your car under cover.
- 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.
For emergency help in floods and storms, ring the SES on 132 500.
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