RESIDENTS living along a 700km stretch of coastline in northern New South Wales are being warned to prepare for 200mm of rain and possible flash flooding over the next two days.
The Bureau of Meteorology says a low-pressure trough sitting along the New South Wales north and central coasts is deepening and rain near the coast and adjacent ranges is increasing in frequency and intensity.
As a result, a severe weather warning is current for heavy rainfall for people in the Northern Rivers, Mid North Coast and parts of the Hunter forecast districts.
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The Bureau warns that areas of heavy rain and thunderstorms which may lead to flash flooding are developing on the Mid North Coast and far northern parts of the Hunter region.
Heavy rainfall is tipped to push into the Northern Rivers district tonight and tomorrow, at which time the rain will have eased in southern parts of the Mid North Coast and northern parts of the Hunter.
Rain totals in excess of 200mm are expected across broad areas of these districts, the Bureau said.
Locations which may be affected include Lismore, Grafton, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Taree and 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.