As storm season approaches the SES are encouraging people to be prepared for anything

Bolt attack: This severe lightning storm, captured by Matt Attard over Town Beach in 2013, is common at this time of the year. The SES urge you to be storm ready.

Bolt attack: This severe lightning storm, captured by Matt Attard over Town Beach in 2013, is common at this time of the year. The SES urge you to be storm ready.

AS the summer season rears its head, a stern warning has come from the State Emergency Service and Australian Lifeguard Service to be mindful and to take precautions.

The Mid North Coast is notorious for thunder and hail storms at this time of the year.

In the past, there have been floods, lightning storms, damaging hail stones and car accidents due to the slippery roads.

Community engagement officer for NSW SES Mid North Coast Region, Steve Lawrence, said the SES are busy doing regular maintenance checks on equipment, checking membership information and recruiting new volunteers.

“We’re preparing properties, trimming back tree branches and making sure that people can quickly secure and tie down things like outdoor furniture, trampolines and what not,” he said.

“People often underestimate the power of the wind. We want people to listen out for severe thunderstorm warnings and to follow our storm season tips on our website.”

The local SES crew have been busy supporting the Rural Fire Service recently.

Mr Lawrence said the busy time has not taken away from their strong preparations for the storm season.

People often underestimate the power of the wind. We want people to listen out for severe thunderstorm warnings and to follow our storm season tips on our website. - Steve Lawrence

Weatherzone meteorologist Jacob Cronje explained thunderstorms are impossible to predict, except from a few hours out from the storm.

“We know that the bulk of the precipitation over this part of the country during this time of the year will be in the form of thunderstorms and showers,” he said.

“It’s also about the type of synoptics in play. A lot of the rain that falls will be thundery, so we expect most of the rainfall over this part of the country during late spring and summer period, however there is so much that can lead to rainfall that isn’t thunderstorm related.”

If you need emergency help as a result of heavy rainfall or a storm, contact the SES on 132 500.

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