Severe Weather Warning


Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
New South Wales

Severe Weather Warning
for heavy rain
for people in the Northern Rivers, Mid North Coast and Northern Tablelands forecast districts

Issued at 4:15 pm EST on Wednesday 27 August 2014.


Weather Situation

A low pressure system is centred over the Coral Sea, while a ridge of high pressure extends across the southern Tasman Sea. This pattern is driving east to southeasterly winds onto the New South Wales coast, which are interacting with an upper-level trough over the state's northeast to generate areas of rain.

The upper-level trough is also assisting in the development of a new low pressure circulation just off the north coast today, which is expected to move north-northeast overnight accompanied by heavy rain, thunderstorms and gusty winds. This heavy rain may lead to flash flooding in the Northern Rivers, northern parts of the Mid North Coast, and eastern parts of the Northern Tablelands this evening and early Thursday.

Rainfall for the 24 hours to 9am Wednesday:

Turners Flat (near Kempsey) 182mm

Comboyne Public School 172mm

Mt Seaview 141mm

Sawtell 138mm

Boonanghi 131mm

Taylors Arm 119mm

Kempsey 115mm

Coffs Harbour (Toormina) 110mm

Rainfall from 9am to 3pm today:

Sandstone Hill (near Wooli) 88mm

Grafton Airport 63mm

Dorrigo 48mm

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:

  • 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 11:00 pm EST Wednesday.

This warning is also available through TV and Radio broadcasts; the Bureau's website at or call 1300 659 218.

The Bureau and State Emergency Service would appreciate this warning being broadcast regularly.