28 February 2012

[rfs-bluemountains-information] Significant Weather Information Tuesday 28 February 2012


As you are hopefully aware, the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has issued some significant weather alerts for the rest of this week.

In collaboration with our colleagues in the State Emergency Service, we would like everyone to please take note of the following information. 

NOTE: Please, if you haven't already done it, clean out your gutters! Heavy rain can cause downpipes to back up and block with debris, which can then flow into your roof, ceiling, walls and home. (It also helps in a bushfire, but that's for another day)

Today at 3:56 pm they issued an updated advice. 

The Bureau of Meteorology warned today that heavy rain and thunderstorms pose a
significant flood threat to large parts of the southern half of NSW inlcuding
the ACT.

The Bureau has issued a Severe Weather Warning and Flood Watch for a large part
of central and southern NSW with heavy rain developing today and increasing on
Wednesday and Thursday. The Nepean-Hawkesbury River which provides a border to
western Sydney is included in the Flood Watch and is likely to flood before the
end of the week.

You can read the text and full warning at http://www.bom.gov.au/cgi-bin/wrap_fwo.pl?IDN38503.txt

The threat to our communities is twofold - one is the effects of very heavy rain (with possible damage and flash flooding), the other is of moderate flooding in surrounding areas. 

For further information, please refer to one of the following (as appropriate):

For life-threatening emergencies, call 000 immediately!
For storm/flood assistance, call the State Emergency Service 132 500

NSW SES Current Information & Warnings - http://www.ses.nsw.gov.au/news/
NSW SES Flood Safety Advice - http://www.ses.nsw.gov.au/news/2011/nswsesfloodsafetyadvice

Bureau of Meteorology Warnings for NSW - http://www.bom.gov.au/nsw/warnings/

RTA Live Traffic Information (Including road closures) - http://livetraffic.rta.nsw.gov.au or call 132 701

Local Updates:
Blue Mountains SES Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Blue-Mountains-SES/228135580578727
Blue Mountains LAC NSW Police Force - https://www.facebook.com/BlueMountainsLAC
Blue Mountains City Council - http://www.bmcc.nsw.gov.au 
Blue Mountains District NSW RFS Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/pages/RFS-Blue-Mountains-District/183593338352848

Never drive, ride or walk through floodwater!

Floodwater can be deeper and faster flowing than it appears. It can contain hidden snags, debris and contaminants such as sewage, chemicals and dead animals. Floodwater can erode road surfaces. Entering floodwater is the major cause of death during floods.

Above all, Keep Calm and Stay Safe!

Eric (RFS) and John (SES)


13 February 2012

[rfs-bluemountains-information] Severe Thunderstorm Warning 12:00 Midday 13 Feb 2012

A severe thunderstorm warning for possible flash flooding, large hailstones and damaging winds has been issued for a large area of New South Wales, including the Central Tablelands and Greater Sydney Area.

There are currently thunderstorm cells building to the West and South-West of Katoomba and Blackheath, which may move into the Blue Mountains over the next few hours. Motorists should take care during storms and be prepared for rapid, heavy rain and poor visibility. 

To view the rain radar, visit http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDR713.loop.shtml 

For help during floods and storms, call the State Emergency Service on 132 500.

For life-threatening emergencies call '000' immediately!

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 clear of fallen power lines. 
* 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.
* 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. 

06 February 2012

[rfs-bluemountains-information] Thunderstorm Advice - 1pm Mon 6 Feb 2012

Hi Folks, Friends and Families,
Although no formal warning has been issued, this short email is just to let you know that there is a thunderstorm moving east through the Mountains. At time of writing this, it is just to the north of Blackheath. There is very heavy rainfall and some lightning associated with this cell. It appears to be heading down the Grose Valley towards Grose Vale and Grose Wold, then onto the Plains.
You can view the rain radar at, amongst other locations, the BOM website and also at http://www.weatherzone.com.au/radar/nsw/sydney/128km
Stay safe,
Inspector Eric Berry
Community Safety Officer
NSW RURAL FIRE SERVICE                         
Blue Mountains District
Cnr Valley and Bathurst Roads
Katoomba NSW 2780
T: 02 4784 7444
M: 0414 195 615
F: 02 4784 7461

02 February 2012

[rfs-bluemountains-information] Severe Weather Warning - Thursday 2 Feb 2012

Morning All,
A severe weather warning for possible heavy rain and flash flooding is current for parts of the Central Tablelands and Sydney Metropolitan areas. For detailed information visit http://www.bom.gov.au/nsw/warnings/severe.shtml - the warning is due to be reviewed about 11:00am today.
The weather conditions in the Mountains are truly awful today if you’re driving, with heavy fog, rain and the added challenge of water pooling on – or flowing across – many roads. Visibility is marginal in many places.
We urge everyone who is driving today to turn your low beam headlights on (parking lights are not visible in heavy fog), reduce speed and leave extra space between you and the vehicle in front. It might also be prudent to allow a little extra time for your journey and be aware that very heavy showers of rain are likely.
If you’d like to see a little of what it’s like up here this morning, check out http://youtu.be/f69Z5HmSXaY - a 42 second clip from my dash-cam from about an hour ago. The rattling noise you can hear is the rain hitting the windscreen.
Stay Calm, Stay Safe,
Inspector Eric Berry
Community Safety Officer
NSW RURAL FIRE SERVICE                         
Blue Mountains District
Cnr Valley and Bathurst Roads
Katoomba NSW 2780
T: 02 4784 7444
M: 0414 195 615
F: 02 4784 7461