Severe storm sweeps through Parkes causing damage and road closures

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Parts of NSW were battered by storms overnight when rain, hail and winds lashed the state.

The central west slopes was the worst affected area, in particular Parkes. Further out west, wind gusts reached up to 94km/h in Trangie and 89km/h in Bourke.

So what can we expect on Saturday?

Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) senior forecaster Peter Zmijewski said only "marginal areas" of the state would be hit by storms during the day.

"Far south east NSW may get storm activity in the afternoon," he said.

Mr Zmijewski said the wild weather had been caused by a cold front followed by cold air in the upper atmosphere.

PARKES WORST HIT

Parkes was hit with a severe storm overnight which caused havoc across the town. About 7pm on Friday a severe storm cell struck with strong wings, hail and heavy rain.

As a result of the storm a number of buildings have been damaged and numerous roads are blocked due to fallen trees. 

A significant part of the town has been affected by a power outage due to downed power lines and flooding.

A takeaway store on Forbes Road suffered structural damage causing a wall to collapse. Another store, on Clarinda Street, also suffered from severe structural damage.

Police from Lachlan Local Area Command are assisting in response to these incidents, with the State Emergency Service (SES), Fire & Rescue NSW, and Rural Fire Service (RFS) also providing resources.

Police from neighbouring areas are assisting in the response.

At this stage there are no reports of injuries. 

Parkes Council staff are currently working on clearing fallen trees working through priority roads and highways before moving to next tier priorities. With limited resources, staff worked through the night and will be working over the weekend due to the significant number of trees down.

Motorists need to be aware of these conditions when driving and drive in a safe and responsible manner whilst being prepared for debris and limbs as winds are still prevailing which may result in further trees falling.

The community is reminded to call triple-0 in an emergency situation.

For the latest traffic information visit livetraffic.com or call the Traffic Information Line on 132 701. 

For emergency help in floods and storms call SES on 132 500. 

For general flood warnings see www.ses.nsw.gov.au

For weather warnings check www.bom.gov.au

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