Residents warned of severe thunderstorms, hailstones, damaging winds

CAUTION: Extreme weather conditions across much of NSW.

CAUTION: Extreme weather conditions across much of NSW.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce large hailstones, damaging winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology locations which may be impacted by the extreme weather conditions include Orange, Dubbo, Lismore, Grafton, Coffs Harbour, Armidale, Tamworth and Moree.

But Parkes, Forbes, Cowra, Grenfell and Young are within the warning area.

WATCH OUT: State Emergency Service advises that people to move their cars away from trees. This photo was taken during a storm in Parkes on Saturday evening.

WATCH OUT: State Emergency Service advises that people to move their cars away from trees. This photo was taken during a storm in Parkes on Saturday evening.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:

* Move your car under cover or away from trees.

* Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony.

* Keep at least 8 metres away from fallen power lines or objects that may be energised, such as fences.

* Report fallen power lines to either Ausgrid (131 388), Endeavour Energy (131 003), Essential Energy (132 080) or Evoenergy (131 093) as shown on your power bill.

* Trees that have been damaged by fire are likely to be more unstable and more likely to fall.

* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.

* Don't walk, ride your bike or drive through flood water.

* If you are trapped by flash flooding, seek refuge in the highest available place and ring 000 if you need rescue.

* Be aware that run-off from rainfall in fire affected areas may behave differently and be more rapid. It may also contain debris such as ash, soil, trees and rocks.

* After bushfires, heavy rain and the loss of foliage can make the ground soft and heavy, leading to a greater chance of landslides.

* Unplug computers and appliances.

* Avoid using the phone during the storm.

* Stay indoors away from windows, and keep children and pets indoors as well.

* 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.