Severe weather warning issued for Illawarra, Shoalhaven

File photo
File photo

Just before 6pm on Tuesday, a fast-moving front was over the Illawarra, with a dark grey cloud bank moving swiftly up the coast. 

Here’s how it unfolded ...

- Live blog below

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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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.