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Severe Weather Warning

by | July 28, 2014

Severe Weather Warning for destructive winds, damaging winds, heavy rain, abnormally high tides and damaging surf for people in the Sydney Metropolitan, Northern Rivers, Mid North Coast, Hunter, Northern Tablelands, lllawarra and central Tablelands forecast districts

Issued at 5:20 am EDT on Monday 28 January 2013.

Ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald currently located over southern Queensland is moving slowly southwards. It is forecast to move into northern NSW later this morning then move rapidly south-southeastwards. This system has produced widespread persistent rain over northeastern NSW over the last couple of days. The rain, along with the wind, will increase in intensity today as the low approaches before gradually easing in its wake.
Very heavy rain which may lead to flash flooding is falling in the Northern Rivers, Northern Tablelands and the Mid North Coast forecast districts. The heavy rain is forecast to extend into the Hunter, Metropolitan, Central Tablelands and Illawarra forecast districts during the day.
Destructive winds with peak gusts of 140 km/h are forecast over parts of the Northern Rivers and Mid North Coast today. Damaging winds around 60 km/h with peak gusts of 100 km/h are forecast for the Northern Tablelands this morning, extending to coastal parts of the Hunter this afternoon, then the Metropolitan and Illawarra this evening and overnight. The wind is expected to gradually ease in the Northern Rivers and Northern Tablelands forecast districts this afternoon and evening.
Abnormally high tides which may cause sea water flooding of low lying areas and very heavy surf which may lead to localised damage and coastal erosion are forecast for the Northern Rivers and Mid North Coast this morning, the Hunter and Metropolitan forecast districts later today and the Illawarra overnight. Beach conditions in these areas will be dangerous and people should stay well away from the surf and surf exposed areas.
Since 9am Sunday 488mm has been recorded at Hopkins Creek (near Mullumbimby), 200mm in Coffs Harbour and 160mm in Comboyne. Flood warnings have been issued for several rivers in eastern NSW. Refer to www.bom.gov.au/nsw/warnings/ for the latest flood warning information.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:

  • Move vehicles under cover or away from trees.
  • Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony.
  • Keep clear of fallen power lines.
  • Don't drive, ride or walk through flood water.
  • Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
  • If you are trapped by flash flooding, seek refuge in the highest available place and ring 000 if you need rescue.
For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.
The next warning will be issued by 5:00 am EDT Monday.
This warning is also available through TV and Radio broadcasts; the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 218.
The Bureau and State Emergency Service would appreciate this warning being broadcast regularly.