Updated story (Friday, 4.13pm):
Have you taken a photo during today’s thunderstorm?
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Updated story (Friday, 4pm):
Spare a thought for those residents living in Penrith this afternoon, which has been battered by hailstones.
The Penrith Panthers shared a photo on their Twitter page that showed Pepper Stadium resembling an ice rink (see below).
Updated story (Friday, 3.42pm):
Donna Crane sent through this photo property damage caused by the thunderstorm in Appin this afternoon (see below).
Updated story (Friday, 3.29pm):
This afternoon’s thunderstorm in the Wollondilly Shire has attracted plenty of response on social media.
Some of the comments left on the Wollondilly Advertiser Facebook page included:
Rach Collins: Wow that was gnarly! Biggest storm I've seen since the picton flood. Lots of hail at Coles. Has subsided now at 2:25pm and the clouds are parting.
Jodie Ross: Yep she was a good one ! Trees side ways in Picton.
Jacqueline Clark: It never seems to rain in Wilton but it came down pretty hard today.
Kathryn Mitchell: We got hail in Picton and torrential rain. Still going now 2.23pm.
Updated story (Friday, 2.20pm):
The Wollondilly Shire has been hit a by a large thunderstorm this afternoon, February 17.
Just before 2pm, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) issued a severe thunderstorm warning for parts of NSW, including the Wollondilly Shire.
The BOM advised the storm would produce damaging winds and large hailstones over the next few hours.
Picton was named among a list of towns most at risk of being hit by damaging winds and hailstones this afternoon.
The list also included Penrith, Hornsby and Richmond.
Weatherzone predicted a top temperature of 38 degrees in the Picton area today and warned about a late thunderstorm.
Click here to view a radar map of the thunderstorm building this afternoon.
During a thunderstorm, the State Emergency Service (SES) provides the following advice:
- Move your car under cover or away from trees.
- Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony.
- Keep at least eight 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.
- 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.