Parts of Central West bracing for significant storms

Nyngan, Cobar, Bourke and Brewarrina are on alert after the Bureau of Meteorology released a severe thunderstorm warning for those areas this morning

Damaging winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding are predicted for a channel in the far west of the region, which stretches as far south as Condobolin and West Wyalong. 

In the one hour up to to 3.20am on Saturday morning 52mm of rainfall was recorded at Burndoo, about 60km from Wilcannia.

"This will be a significant rain and flooding event for eastern Australia," meteorologist Andrea Peace said.

In Dubbo, we woke to a nice steady fall of rain, with 8.2mm recorded between 3am and 9am.

Down south, Victoria is expecting record totals as the rain starts to move in, with flood watches in place for most major river catchments in the state.

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.