More wind, rain to come for NSW as second East Coast Low spins up

2.30PM | The Bureau of Meteorology has updated its severe weather warning with destructive winds, heavy rainfall, abnormally high tides and damaging surf still likely along the NSW coast this afternoon.

The warning, updated at 2.28pm, covers the Metropolitan, Illawarra, South Coast and parts of the Northern Rivers, Mid North Coast, Hunter, Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands and Snowy Mountains Forecast Districts.

“An East Coast Low, centred off the Mid North Coast at 2pm, is moving south,” the bureau said.


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“It is expected to be centred near the Sydney coast this evening, continuing to the Illawarra/South Coast overnight before moving gradually away to the east during Monday.”

The highest winds and heaviest rainfall will strongly depend on the position of the low.

Rain totals from 9am to 2pm today include Robertson 119mm, Wattamolla 86mm, Frenches Forest (Sydney) 85mm.

Wind gusts today include North head (Sydney) 98km/h, Bellambi 96 km/h, Montague Island 109 km/h.

Average waves heights in excess of 5 metres have been recorded along the NSW coast, with the highest waves exceeding 12 metres.

What can you expect this afternoon?

  • WINDS

DAMAGING WINDS averaging up to 65 km/h, with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h, are currently being experienced in coastal areas south of the low.

LOCALLY DESTRUCTIVE WIND GUSTS to 125 km/h are also possible along the coastal fringe as the low passes close by. Winds will ease and turn northwesterly after the low passes.

  • RAIN

HEAVY RAIN is likely to cause FLASH FLOODING in the warning area south of about Taree today, contracting to the southern half of the coast overnight.

Widespread rain totals of 100mm are expected, with local areas possibly receiving over 200mm.

Hourly rain rates up to 70mm may be experienced.

Rain and winds have eased in the Northern Rivers and northern parts of the Mid North Coast District. This easing trend will extend southwards with the low’s movement.

  • TIDES

ABNORMALLY HIGH TIDES, which may cause sea water flooding of low lying areas, are forecast for the entire coast.

The next high tide is at 8:30pm this evening, where water levels are expected to exceed the highest tide of the year.

Water levels in Sydney at this time are likely to be higher than during the June 2012 East Coast Low,

  • SURF

VERY HEAVY SURF may lead to localised damage and coastal erosion.

Beach conditions in these areas will be dangerous and people should stay well away from the surf and surf exposed areas.

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.
  • Report fallen power lines to either Ausgrid on 131 388, or Endeavour Energy on 131 003 or Essential Energy on 132 080, 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.
  • For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.

EARLIER | A second East Coast Low has spun up offshore of Coffs Harbour this morning, while the first continues to lash a large section of the NSW coast with damaging winds and torrential rainfall.

A Severe Weather Warning remains in place for the entire coast for destructive winds, heavy rain, abnormally high tides and damaging surf.

  • WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT? Scroll down to find out.

The warning covers the Mid North Coast, Hunter, Metropolitan, Illawarra, South Coast and parts of the Northern Rivers, Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands and Snowy Mountains Forecast Districts.

The East Coast Low responsible for last night’s deluge crossed the coast near Port Macquarie at around 7.30am on Sunday and has dissipated considerably in the hours since.

However, the Bureau of Meteorology said at 10am a second East Coast Low was located over the NSW Mid North Coast and was expected to continue deepening as it tracked south.

“The highest winds and heaviest rainfall will strongly depend on the future position and movement of the low,” the bureau said.

At the speed of which the low is moving now, it is expected to be south of Sydney by early this evening.

The weather bureau says it will then remain anchored off the South Coast on Sunday night and into Monday morning.

In the 24 hours to 9am this morning (Sunday), widespread falls of 100-200mm have been recorded along the NSW coast.

Locally higher falls of 200-400mm have also been observed, with the highest recorded rainfall at Wooli River of 469mm.

As a result, more than a dozen Flood Warnings are in place for communities right along the coastline.

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Major flooding is expected in Lismore. Residents in low-lying areas have been evacuated to higher ground with the river set to peak at 3pm.

Earlier this morning, wind gusts of 98km/h were recorded at Norah Head at 12:21am, 90km/h at Kurnell AWS at 1:30am, and 96km/h at Bellambi AWS at 7.32am and North Head at 8:00am.

What can you expect today?

1. WINDS

DAMAGING WINDS averaging 60 to 65 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h are currently being experienced along much of the coast.

LOCALLY DESTRUCTIVE WINDS with gusts up to 125 km/h are also possible along central parts of the coast, extending to the south coast during this evening as the low passes close by.

The coastal fringe will be particularly under threat with this system.

Winds are expected to ease and turn northwesterly as the low passes by.

2. RAIN

HEAVY RAIN is expected to cause FLASH FLOODING near the coast south of Port Macquarie today.

Rainfall totals of up to 100-200mm are expected over central and southern parts of the coast, with 1-hourly rainfall rates of 30-70mm possible.

Rain and winds have eased in the Northern Rivers and northern parts of the Mid North Coast District.

This easing trend should continue to extend southwards during the day.

3. TIDES

ABNORMALLY HIGH TIDES which may cause sea water flooding of low lying areas are likely along the entire coast.

The next high tide will be at 8:30pm this evening, where water levels are expected to exceed the highest tide of the year.

4. SURF

VERY HEAVY SURF may lead to localised damage and coastal erosion.

Beach conditions in these areas will be dangerous and people should stay well away from the surf and surf exposed areas.

Visit the Bureau of Meteorology’s website for up-to-date warnings.

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