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Ku-ring-Gai SES volunteers are at the Ku-ring-gai Council Australia Day Celebrations at Bicentennial Park in West Pymble. Come on down and say hi to the SES volunteers, get some tips on staying StormSafe and enjoy some great entertainment for all the family.

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Wild winds have seen volunteers from the Ku-Ring-Gai SES Unit, and other Units around Sydney as well as up and down the coast, responding to a large number of Requests For Assistance from members of the community.

Dry weather conditions, and strong gusty winds today, have resulted in a number of trees and large branches falling onto footpaths, roadways and buildings.

Our highly skilled volunteers have given their time today to restore access to and from affected properties, t...o clear roadways and to perform temporary repairs to buildings damaged as a result of this weather.

Whilst it can be hard to forecast exactly when storms will strike, they inevitably do, and investing time in ensuring that you have prepared your home and family for severe weather events is an investment in your own piece of mind. Ensuring that any trees close to your house, or capable of hitting your home if they were to fall, and having preventative work done before they fall is key to reducing the risks of damage to your property ot injury to your family.

If you have trees which appear to be unhealthy or dead, or you believe pose a threat to your property, contact a Tree Services Contractor to have them provide you with their expert opinion. Don't wait for the tree to land in your living room before you do something.

For emergency assistance during storms, floods or tsunami, call NSW SES on 132 500
For urgent, life-threatening situations, call Triple Zero (000) immediately
For information about volunteering with NSW SES call 1800 201 000 or visit join.nswses.com

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Julia Eagles
· December 7, 2017
These volunteers put every ounce of energy into their role. They help during storms, night after night, making others comfortable in a bad situation. They regularly practise their skills and value tea...mship and mateship. Orange is the best! See More
Adam S Jones
· August 27, 2017
Great bunch of volunteers, Very dedicated.
Jay Kuring-gai
· December 5, 2016
If they can help, they will. Ku-ring-gai SES are a friendly hard-working bunch of people, who give their time freely when the worst happens to you - even on Christmas day!
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Yesterday, our volunteers made quick work of a number of Request For Assistance, with trees down on houses, driveways and roadways. Watch our skilled operators in action!
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NSW SES Sydney Northern Region added 3 new photos.

The Bureau Of Meteorology have issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for DAMAGING WINDS and HEAVY RAINFALL for people in Metropolitan, Illawarra, Central Tablela...nds, Southern Tablelands, Central West Slopes and Plains, South West Slopes, Australian Capital Territory and parts of Hunter, South Coast, Lower Western, Upper Western and Snowy Mountains Forecast Districts.

Weather Situation: A trough moving through the state with warm and high humidity air ahead is bringing storms to the state today. The strong storm movement and fast winds aloft mean damaging wind gusts are the likely phenomena.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Gosford, Sydney, Wollongong, Nowra, Batemans Bay, Orange, Canberra, Goulburn, Dubbo and Cobar.

The Full Warning can be found here - http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDN21033.shtml

The NSW SES 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 on 131 388, or Endeavour Energy on 131 003 or Essential Energy on 132 080, as shown on your power bill.
* 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 assistance during storms, floods or tsunami, call NSW SES on 132 500
For urgent, life-threatening situations, call Triple Zero (000) immediately
For information about volunteering with NSW SES call 1800 201 000 or visit join.nswses.com

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The Bureau of Meteorology have issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning
for DAMAGING WINDS for people in Hunter, Metropolitan, Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands, South West Slopes, Snowy Mountains, Australian Capital Territory and parts of Mid North Coast, Illawarra, South Coast, Central West Slopes and Plains and Riverina Forecast Districts.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be aff...ected include Gosford, Sydney, Orange, Mudgee, Bathurst, Katoomba, Canberra, Goulburn, Cooma, Yass, Wagga Wagga and Albury.

The NSW SES 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 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 assistance during storms, floods or tsunami, call NSW SES on 132 500
For urgent, life-threatening situations, call Triple Zero (000) immediately
For information about volunteering with NSW SES call 1800 201 000 or visit join.nswses.com

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Hot weather - it can be a killer. Literally.

Dealing with high temperatures is something which most of us can do, even if it is not terribly comfortable. But older people, and children, tend to have less capacity to handle the heat. And in houses which may not have air-conditioning, or worse - if there is a blackout - this can see people becoming seriously ill.

If you have older neighbours, and it's a hot day, it may be worth checking in with them to make sure they are OK. If... you have aircon, you might even invite them over to enjoy the coolness during the hottest part of the day. If you don't have aircon, and are having trouble managing the heat, go to a local shopping centre.

The volunteers of NSW SES are just like you - members of the community who have chosen to help their neighbours. You can help too, by doing what you can when you can.

With the extreme weather, a TOTAL FIRE BAN is in place throughout NSW. If you see any fires which do not have firefighters in attendance, call Triple Zero (000) immediately. For information about bushfires or details of what constitutes a total fire ban, call the NSW RFS Information Line on 1800 679 737 or check out the RFS Facebook Page - http://www.facebook.com/nswrfs

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Have you heard about NSW SES’s recent changes to our volunteer arrangements? Recognising the changing workplace, and the associated changes in how people want to volunteer, new volunteering opportunities have been developed allowing us to better engage remote or isolated communities, to offer opportunities for corporations to support SES through donating employee hours, or for people who have not previously volunteered to join SES because they were unsure they could commit th...e time they expected it would demand.

Do you have skills or experience you can bring to NSW SES?
Do you want to challenge yourself in new and different ways? To develop yourself personally and professionally?

Let us know! Call 1800 201 000 anytime, or visit join.nswses.com

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NSW SES Sydney Northern Region added 3 new photos.

The Bureau of Meteorology have issued a Detailed Severe Thunderstorm Warning for DAMAGING WINDS, LARGE HAILSTONES and HEAVY RAINFALL for people in parts of Blue... Mountains/Hawkesbury, Sydney, Wollondilly/Wingecarribee and Greater Wollongong areas.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 5:35 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Richmond, Camden, Kangaroo Valley, Lake Burragorang, the Burragorang State Recreation Area and Oakdale. These thunderstorms are moving towards the northeast to southeast.

They are forecast to affect Narellan and Oran Park by 5:50 pm and Colo, the Wollemi National Park north of Kurrajong, Bringelly, Leppington, Menangle and Picton by 6:05 pm.
Damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding are likely.

Golf ball size hail was reported at Bullaburra at about 03:50pm.

The NSW SES 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 on 131 388, or Endeavour Energy on 131 003 or Essential Energy on 132 080, as shown on your power bill.
* 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 assistance during storms, floods or tsunami, call NSW SES on 132 500
For urgent, life-threatening situations, call Triple Zero (000) immediately
For information about volunteering with NSW SES call 1800 201 000 or visit join.nswses.com

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NSW SES Sydney Northern Region added 3 new photos.

The Bureau Of Meteorology have issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for DAMAGING WINDS for people in Hunter, Metropolitan and parts of Mid North Coast and Centr...al Tablelands Forecast Districts.

http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDN21033.shtml

THUNDERSTORMS WITH POSSIBLE DAMAGING WIND GUSTS IN SYDNEY, CENTRAL COAST AND HUNTER

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Newcastle, Gosford, Maitland, Sydney, Penrith and Parramatta.

The NSW SES 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 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 assistance during storms, floods or tsunami, call NSW SES on 132 500
For urgent, life-threatening situations, call Triple Zero (000) immediately
For information about volunteering with NSW SES call 1800 201 000 or visit join.nswses.com

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The Bureau Of Meteorology have updated their Detailed Severe Thunderstorm Warning, with additional storm cells now being identified. These intense cells are now likely to affect the Ku-Ring-Gai area.

Check http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDN21035.shtml for further updates direct from the BoM.

If you have not yet left work, please consider delaying your travel - heavy traffic, bad visibility and wet roads is a deadly cocktail.

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For emergency assistance during storms, floods or tsunami, call NSW SES on 132 500
For urgent, life-threatening situations, call Triple Zero (000) immediately
For information about volunteering with NSW SES call 1800 201 000 or visit join.nswses.com

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UPDATE # 2

LIKE. SHARE. PREPARE.

Issued at 4:35 pm Wednesday, 20 December 2017.

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The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 4:35 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Richmond, Riverstone, Colo Heights and Fairfield. These thunderstorms are moving towards the southeast. They are forecast to affect Hornsby, Parramatta, Sutherland, Sydney City, Sydney Airport, Sydney Olympic Park, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Liverpool by 5:05 pm and Manly, Terrey Hills and waters off Bondi Beach by 5:35 pm.

For emergency assistance in flood and storm call the NSW SES on 132 500

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The Bureau Of Meteorology have issued a Detailed Severe Thunderstorm Warning for HEAVY RAINFALL and DAMAGING WINDS
For people in parts of Blue Mountains/Hawkesbury, Gosford/Wyong and Sydney areas.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 4:15 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near the Putty Road north of Colo Heights.

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These thunderstorms are moving towards the southeast.

They are forecast to affect Colo, Colo Heights and the Yengo National Park northwest of St Albans by 4:45 pm and Brooklyn, Maroota and Wisemans Ferry by 5:15 pm.

Heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and damaging winds are likely.

The NSW SES 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 on 131 388, or Endeavour Energy on 131 003 or Essential Energy on 132 080, as shown on your power bill.
* 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 assistance during storms, floods or tsunami, call NSW SES on 132 500
For urgent, life-threatening situations, call Triple Zero (000) immediately
For information about volunteering with NSW SES call 1800 201 000 or visit join.nswses.com

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NSW SES Sydney Northern Region

#SevereThunderstormWarning

Detailed Severe Thunderstorm Warning for HEAVY RAINFALL and DAMAGING WINDS

Issued at 4:17 pm Wednesday, 20 December 2017

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The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 4:15 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near the Putty Road north of Colo Heights.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the southeast.
They are forecast to affect Colo, Colo Heights and the Yengo National Park northwest of St Albans by 4:45 pm and Brooklyn, Maroota and Wisemans Ferry by 5:15 pm.

Heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and damaging winds are likely.

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 on 131 388, or Endeavour Energy on 131 003 or Essential Energy on 132 080, as shown on your power bill.
* 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 assistance call the NSW SES on 132 500.

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It's a hot and dry day today in the Ku-Ring-Gai area, and throughout the state. The NSW Rural Fire Service have declared a Total Fire Ban due to the current weather conditions, which have produced a Very High Fire Danger.

A reminder - if you see a fire which is not currently being attended to by firefighters, report it immediately on Triple Zero (000).

The forecast suggests that we may experience a weather change this evening, which might include storms. We're hopeful you hav...e made your home #StormSafe!

For emergency assistance during storms, floods or tsunami, call NSW SES on 132 500
For urgent, life-threatening situations, call Triple Zero (000) immediately
For information about volunteering with NSW SES call 1800 201 000 or visit join.nswses.com

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The NSWRFS have issued a Total Fire Ban for tomorrow and advise there is a Severe Fire Danger tomorrow as a result of the current dry and hot weather conditions.

What does a Total Fire Ban mean?
Basically, it is prohibited to have any fires in the open. This means no campfires, no welding, no gas cutting or other hot works, and no BBQs which use solid fuel. Gas BBQs can be used, provided additional safety steps are taken.

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See the RFS website here - https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/…/fdr-and-t…/total-fire-ban-rules - for more details.

If you have not yet prepared your home and family and planned what to do if a bushfire threatens, do so now. Fire has a plan - so should you.

Go to https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/resources/bush-fire-survival-plan to prepare and protect yourself.

And a reminder - if you see any fire which is not attended by firefighters, call Triple Zero (000) immediately. It is better to be told about the same fire twice, than for people to assume someone else has called it in.

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Ku-ring-gai Bush Fire Brigade

Total Fire Bans will be in place for the Greater Sydney Region and the Illawarra/Shoalhaven tomorrow Thursday 14 December. Severe fire danger is forecast in these areas. https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-information/fdr-and-tobans
#Toban #Hot #NSWRFS

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IF IT'S FLOODED, FORGET IT!

The recent King Tides have seen sections of roadway within Bobbin Head National Park, on the boundary of the areas covered by Ku-Ring-Gai SES and NSW SES - Hornsby Unit, being inundated with water.

Walking, riding or driving through floodwater can be very dangerous, as the condition of the road surface, and the ground under it, cannot be known. Not to mention the damage that immersion in water (especially salt water) can cause to your car's motor a...nd body.

Driving through floodwater is just stupid. You may feel like a hero, but the second the engine conks out (or when you find your car falling apart weeks later due to rust), you'll feel like a real #duckhead.

When King Tides are forecast, do yourself a favour, and find another way around.

Tides of similar height to those experienced over the last few days are forecast for 1st to 5th January 2018 and 30th January to February 3rd 2018.

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