Updated story (Friday, 4.14pm):
Have you taken a photo during today’s thunderstorm?
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Updated story (Friday, 4.01pm):
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, 3.54pm):
This afternoon’s thunderstorm in the Wollondilly Shire has attracted plenty of response on social media.
Some of the comments left on the Campbelltown-Macarthur Advertiser Facebook page included:
Jenny Ristic: Just hit Ingleburn still hailing - as always just in time for the school bell !!!
Tia Doherty: The lighting is awesome, haven't seen it like this in a long time..
Katrina Nurton: Just all noise in Claymore.
Julie Grill: Heavy rain & wind in G Alpine but no hail.
Renée English: Erin Klauss Schmidt ... this is going to be fun. Might be having a sleep over if our house slides into yours haha
Melissa Wood: How timely. Right on school pick up time.
Renee Hawkins: Be safe friends at home.
Sarah Durbridge: Well it's over. No hail here just a slight breeze and poof it's moved on. Not very exciting at all.
Updated story (Friday, 3.44pm):
Donna Crane sent through this photo property damage caused by the thunderstorm in Appin this afternoon (see below).
Original story (Friday, 2.06pm):
The Macarthur has been hit by a storm this afternoon, February 17.
Just before 2pm, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) issued a severe thunderstorm warning for parts of NSW, including the Macarthur region.
The BOM advised the storm may produce damaging winds and large hailstones over the next few hours.
Weatherzone predicted a top temperature of 37 degrees in the Campbelltown 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.