Brace for a wetn wild weekend



A WEEKEND of wild weather has been predicted for the Northern Rivers, with a tropical low creating bouts of torrential rain, strong winds and huge waves.

Strong south-easterly coastal winds could create five-metre high waves and beach erosion was likely, the State Emergency Service said.

A powerful east-to south-easterly swell was also expected to accompany the winds, which are expected to peak on Sunday.

"It looks like a pretty lousy New Year's Eve for people up on the North Coast. It'll be an indoor celebration I think," SES spokesman Phil Campbell said. "It'll be pretty wet and windy otherwise."

Some beaches may close and holiday-makers are advised to stay out of the water, Surf Life Saving Australia said.

Mr Campbell urged campers not to set up near water courses, to check river conditions regularly and not drive or walk through flood waters given the expected rain. AAP



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