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 10:54 pm EST on Wednesday 27 August 2014.
RAIN OVER NORTHEAST NSW TONIGHT
A low pressure system centred over the northern Tasman Sea extends a trough westward to a small low circulation off the NSW far north coast. The trough and small low have resulted in some localised heavy rain about the north coast today, and further heavy rain may take place tonight before an easing Thursday morning as the small low and trough move away to the northeast.
Localised heavy rain may lead to flash flooding in the Northern Rivers, Mid North Coast and northeastern parts of the Northern Tablelands forecast districts tonight and early Thursday morning.
Gusty southeasterly winds are expected along the coast and dangerous surf conditions.
At the time of issue Minor Flood Warnings were current for the Bellinger, Orara and Hastings Rivers.
Rainfall since 9am Wednesday:
166 mm at Tuckombil and 155 mm at Alstonville (both west of Ballina),
122 mm at Minnie Waters and 121 mm at Sandstone Creek (both east of Grafton),
111 mm at Lismore,
97 mm at Bellingen (Crystal Creek),
94 mm at Dorrigo
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 5:00 am EST Thursday.
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.