Wild light show as thunderstorm hits the Illawarra

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and large hailstones over the next several hours in the Illawarra, the Bureau of Meteorology warns.

The storm is expected to hit Wollongong, Kiama and Picton by 10.30pm and Helensburgh, Stanwell Park and waters off Thirroul by 11pm.

For emergency help in floods and storms, ring the SES (NSW and ACT) on 132 500.

Lightning over the Illawarra on Friday night. Photo: Erin Louise

Lightning over the Illawarra on Friday night. Photo: Erin Louise