PARTS of the Riverina have been urged to batten down the hatches as a severe thunderstorm is forecast.
The Bureau of Meteorology released the weather warning just before 2pm on Tuesday, forecasting damaging winds over the next several hours.
The affected locations include Condobolin, Wagga, Albury, Young, West Wyalong, Griffith, Narrandera, Lockhart and Darlington Point.
The hot, windy weather has also seen numerous harvest alerts issued by the NSW Rural Fire Service, with the latest calling on Albury City, Berrigan, Federation and Greater Hume local government areas to stop operations until conditions ease.
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
- Trees that have been damaged by fire are likely to be more unstable and more likely to fall.
- 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.