Severe thunderstorm hits Tamworth region and surrounds

The State Emergency Service together with crews from the Rural Fire Service and Fire and Rescue NSW are working through the night after a severe thunderstorm ripped through parts of Tamworth late Wednesday afternoon.

The storm flared up at around 4:30PM and produced hail in some areas, as well as strong winds and heavy rain which lead to flash flooding in some parts of the city.

The SES responded to over 60 calls for help from the community with Oxley Vale, the hardest hit. The SES confirmed residents in West Tamworth, East Tamworth, North and South also called for help as trees were down in Coledale, Duri Road and Wallamore Road while Scott Road, Goonoo Goonoo Road, Ebsworth Street, Barnes Street and parts of Peel Street were affected by flash flooding.

Essential Energy also worked through the afternoon and evening to restore power to Oxley Vale, Westdale, Taminda, Kingswood, Barraba, Manilla and Timbumburi after power lines went down.

20 mm of rain fell at the airport, while other rain gauges in the region reported over 40 mm.

For emergency assistance, call 000 or the State Emergency Service on 132 500. To report fallen power lines, contact Essential Energy on 132 080.