NSW SES issues severe thunderstorm warning for the Mid North Coast

A screenshot of a video by Simmi Valgeirsson that shows the spectacular lightning that lit the night sky on Tuesday, January 9 in Tinonee.
A screenshot of a video by Simmi Valgeirsson that shows the spectacular lightning that lit the night sky on Tuesday, January 9 in Tinonee.

The NSW State Emergency Service (SES) is warning residents and visitors to the Mid North Coast to prepare for possible severe thunderstorms that could affect the region from Thursday through to Sunday.

Communities in the Manning, Great Lakes and Gloucester areas experienced spectacular electrical storms on Tuesday, January 9 and Simmi Valgeirsson of Tinonee quickly acted to capture a video of the lightning with his GoPro it lit the night sky.

More than 120,000 lightning strikes where recorded during the thunderstorm and according to Weatherzone, two storm fronts crossed over the region throughout the evening focusing mainly on the Gloucester and Forster/Tuncurry areas.

Simmi was one of many residents who ventured outside to experience and record the storm.

“It was pretty active with lots of lightning. I ran out with the GoPro for a few minutes and captured some video footage.

I've cut out some interesting bits and slowed the speed down to 25 per cent, so you can see the lightning crawl over the sky. Pretty awesome light show!

Simmi Valgeirsson

Summer is storm season and the Bureau of Meteorology has advised that weather patterns for the rest of this week will result in large areas of unstable humid air and an increase risk of thunderstorms developing across eastern parts of NSW.

The risk of new thunderstorm activity comes on the back of the severe weather that battered parts of the Mid North Coast over the Christmas and New Year period.

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During this period SES volunteers responded to over 260 calls for assistance as a result of the impact of storms on the area.

The NSW SES is urging residents to monitor the weather warnings issued by the Bureau of Meteorology and to exercise caution should the severe conditions eventuate by staying clear of creeks and stormwater drains, securing down or putting away loose items around yards and balconies and by moving cars under cover or away from trees.

NSW SES Mid North Coast Region Controller, Tony Day urges residents and holiday makers to be aware of any severe weather warnings issued and to avoid walking, riding or driving through any flash flood waters that may eventuate.

Information on how residents can prepare for severe weather can be obtained by visiting the NSW SES website www.ses.nsw.gov.au. For emergency assistance in storms and floods call the NSW SES on 132 500 and in life threatening situations call triple zero.​