Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
New South Wales
Severe Weather Warning
for damaging winds, heavy rain and damaging surf
for people in the Northern Rivers and Mid North Coast forecast districts
Issued at 4:33 pm EST on Friday 24 May 2013.
HEAVY RAIN, WIND AND SURF ON THE NORTH COAST.
A low pressure system just northeast of Coffs Harbour is expected to move steadily to the northeast this evening and early tomorrow morning with heavy rain and strong to gale force winds along the NSW north coast expected to ease. Damaging surf conditions are expected this evening and tomorrow morning then to gradually ease.
Damaging winds averaging 50 to 65 km/h with gusts to about 100 km/h and heavy rain and thunderstorms which may lead to flash flooding are forecast for the Mid North Coast and Northern Rivers forecast districts, particularly the area between about Port Macquarie and Cape Byron. An easing is expected late this evening.
Very heavy surf which may lead to localised damage and coastal erosion is forecast for the Mid North Coast forecast district and southern parts of the Northern Rivers District, particularly affecting south facing beaches. Beach conditions in these areas could be dangerous and people should stay well away from the surf and surf exposed areas. A gradual easing is expected during the day tomorrow.
since 9am today, 154 mm of rainfall was recorded at Loaders Lane one of the Coffs Harbour observing stations, 126 mm at the official Coffs Harbour station, and 82 mm at Bellingen. A wind gust of about 80 km/h at Cape Byron just after 4 pm this afternoon.
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 11:00 pm EST Friday.
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.