Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
New South Wales
Severe Weather Warning
for damaging winds and heavy rain
for people in the Northern Rivers forecast district
Issued at 4:39 am EST on Thursday 28 August 2014.
A low pressure system centred over the northern Tasman Sea extends a trough westward to a small low circulation off the NSW north coast. The small low is moving towards the northwest and is expected to pass near the far northern NSW/southeast Queensland coast this morning before moving away to the northeast later in the day. Strong to gale-force south to southeast winds are expected to affect the far north coast this morning with further localised heavy rain possible at first. Seas are also expected to increase significantly.
South to southeasterly winds averaging 55 to 65 km/h with peak gusts of 90 km/h are forecast for coastal parts of the Northern Rivers forecast district this morning. Further localised heavy rain and thunder is possible at first this morning and could lead to some local flooding. Dangerous surf conditions are also expected, beach conditions will be dangerous and people should stay well away from the surf and surf exposed areas.
The Severe Weather Warning for the Mid North Coast district has been cancelled, though briefly heavy showers and dangerous surf conditions will continue. The Warning for the Northern Tablelands district has been cancelled.
Rainfall since 9am Wednesday:
182 mm at Tuckombil and 175 mm at Alstonville (both west of Ballina),
123 mm at Minnie Waters and 128 mm at Sandstone Creek (both east of Grafton),
163 mm at Lismore,
124 mm at Bellingen (Crystal Creek),
110 mm at Dorrigo
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.
- Beware of fallen trees or debris on the road.
For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.
The next warning will be issued by 11:00 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.