The Macleay has received a battering the last few weeks, with high winds, heavy rain and isolated reports of hail, it's clear that storm season is well and truly here.
There have already been more than a few severe thunderstorm warnings, and in the last two weeks of October, the Macleay received over 100mm of rain.
To help keep everyday safe, the SES has advised local residents to follow 8 simple tips during wild weather conditions.
8 Tips to Prepare for Storms
1.Maintain Yard and Balcony-Secure or put away items that be blown around in strong winds.
2.Clean Gutters-Clean your gutters, downpipes and drains regularly to prevent blockages.
3.Trim Branches-Trim trees and branches that couldpotentially fall on your property.
4.Fix Roof Damage-Fix any damage to your roof, including broken or missing tiles.
5.Check Insurance- Check your insurance policy is current and adequate.
6.Preare an Emergency Plan- Make a plan for your family that outlines what you would do an in an emergency.
7.Prepare an Emergency Kit- Prepare an emergency kit in case you lose power or need to leave your home.
8.Listen to Local Radio- Listen to your local radio and other media for weather warnings.
The State Emergency Service also advises that in the event of a storm, people should:
- Keep clear of fallen power lines.
- Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
- Don't walk, ride your bike or drive through floodwater.
- Stay vigilant and monitor conditions. Note that the landscape may have changed following bushfires.
- For emergency help in floods and storms, ring the SES (NSW and ACT) on 132 500.
Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 210.
Residents and visitors are reminded to take care when driving in wet weather on local roads and especially when in the upper catchment areas.
For updates on the weather monitor the Bureau of Meteorology website at: www.bom.gov.au
For more advice on how to best prepare your property, visit: www.ses.nsw.gov.au