The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting a thunderstorm storm later today, possibly severe with the expected top temperature of 27 degrees Celcius.

The local Yass Unit of the NSW State Emergency Service (NSW SES) says it’s ready for this year’s Storm Season.

The official Storm Season runs from 1 October to 31 March each year however severe weather can happen at any time.
Mr Rob Bolin, the Yass Unit Commander said NSW SES volunteers, are preparing for a busy season.

“As the weather heats up over summer, storm frequency increases,” he warned.

“Storms can bring damaging winds, hail, localised flash flooding and heavy rain that
may cause flooding like what was experienced in Yass this August.”

“The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) outlook includes the potential for La Niña
weather, possibly bringing heavy Spring rains to south-eastern New South Wales and a higher risk of floods in the already wet Yass Valley,” he added.

Yass SES is ready – Unit Commander Rob Bolin is urging local residents to prepare for the storm season ahead

SES respond – a crew secure a roof in the region during the recent August storms

Mr Bolin said storms are the costliest natural disaster to affect NSW.

“Our volunteers regularly see water damage caused by leaking or damaged roofs or trees falling and damaging homes or vehicles.”

Mr Bolin noted one of the most important things you can do now is plan for future storms and emergencies. You can be Storm Ready by:

1. Trimming back overhanging branches
2. Cleaning gutters and downpipes
3. Securing or putting away loose items around the yard
4. Avoid parking cars under trees and powerlines
5. Review your Emergency Plan and ensure you have adequate insurance

“Our Unit has dedicated volunteers who give up their own time to help the communities around Yass, prior to and during storms and floods.

“We ask the community now to take the time to be Storm Ready,” Mr Bolin concluded.

For emergency help in floods and storms call the SES on 13 25 00