A severe weather warning for heavy rainfall and damaging winds has just been issued for people in the Mid North Coast and parts of the Northern Rivers and Hunter Forecast Districts.
The Bureau of Meteorology says a coastal trough continues to deepen near the northern New South Wales coast, with the forecast of a Coastal Low within the trough on Friday.
“This low will slowly track down the coast later on Friday,” BOM said.
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Heavy rainfall leading to flash flooding has already begun about parts of the exposed Hunter coastline this morning as the trough deepens off the coastline.
“Increased rainfall rates about areas of the Mid North Coast are likely to continue to develop into Friday as a low are forecast to form off the Mid North Coast on Friday, shifting south as the low moves down the coast,” the weather bureau warned.
“Damaging winds, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h are likely to form on Friday along the coastal fringe as the low develops in the Mid North Coast, with the area of impact moving south by the evening.”
The Bureau said that as catchments are “relatively wet in the Mid North Coast”, Riverine flooding is also possible with a flood watch issued for the Mid North Coast, Hunter and parts of Sydney.
Locations which may be affected include Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Taree, Kempsey, Newcastle, Gosford, Cessnock, Maitland, Woolgoolga, Sawtell, Dorrigo and Dungog.
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 at least 8 metres away from fallen power lines or objects that may be energised, such as fences.
* Trees that have been damaged by fire are likely to be more unstable and more likely to fall.
* Report fallen power lines to either Ausgrid (131 388), Endeavour Energy (131 003), Essential Energy (132 080) or Evoenergy (131 093) as shown on your power bill.
* 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.
* Be aware that run-off from rainfall in fire affected areas may behave differently and be more rapid. It may also contain debris such as ash, soil, trees and rocks.
* After bushfires, heavy rain and the loss of foliage can make the ground soft and heavy, leading to a greater chance of landslides.
* Stay vigilant and monitor conditions. Note that the landscape may have changed following bushfires.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.