Storm damage across the central west | Photos

Update | Goodiman Bridge on Mebul Road has reopened to traffic.

The road was temporarily closed to undertake repairs following storm damage earlier this week.

Council apologises for any inconvenience this may have caused and thanks motorists for their co-operation.

Update | The clean up is underway following the thunderstorm that lashed the central west on Monday afternoon.

Just before 3pm, the region experienced high winds, heavy downpours and hail.

The majority of the storm centered around the Gulgong/Tallawang area.

Social media users recorded the following rainfall:

Tallawang – approx 100ml

Two Mile Flat – approx 68ml

The Bureau of Meteorology recorded 1.4mm at the Mudgee airport.

Mid-Western Regional Council has advised of two bridges in the region that have been closed due to storm damage.

Goodman Bridge on Mebul Road.

The road will be closed until further notice to undertake a structural bridge assessment and repairs. 

The bridge at the crossroads on Pyramul Road.

The road will be closed until further notice to undertake repairs. Detours will be in place at the Windeyer Road/Hill End Road intersection via Hill End and Sallys Flat Road.

Monday | Waves of "ferocious" thunderstorms lashed the Central West, with flash flooding, heavy downpours and hail on Monday afternoon.

Thunderstorms tipped to last until Tuesday evening with up to 70mm of rain forecast to drench parts of the state.

A line of storms stretching from Broken Hill, Echuca and the Victorian town of Port Albert joined storms that moved along a low and upper-pressure trough across the eastern parts of southern Australia. 

When combined, the dynamic conditions were described as possibly triggering "some of the worst thunderstorms of the season" by Weatherzone Meteorologist Rob Sharpe.

"The worst storms spread across the North West and Central West Slopes and Plains districts in NSW," he said. 

On Monday, the Mid-Western region experienced moody skies, with lightning and thunder for most of the afternoon, before the rain and hail started just after 3pm around Gulgong.

Mudgee SES acting local controller, Tamara Robinson said that emergency services were "quite concerned" about the "supercell thunderstorms".

"As soon as we heard about the storm activity, we made sure that our trucks and equipment were good to go, we also put teams on standby," she said.

Mudgee town already experienced the ferocity of a ‘supercell’ this year, when a mini ‘tornado’ hit in January – ripping out trees and power poles.

“The SES had 132 jobs out of the previous ‘tornado’ and looking at the damage that we sustained as a community, we were well prepared. It shows we are resilient,” Mrs Robinson said.

The wet weather is expected to continue across the region for the rest of the week. For SES assistance call 132 500 or for a life threatening emergency call 000.

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