Heavy rain across Lismore catchment
UPDATE 4pm: Rain has continued to fall across the region today with some heavy dumpings in some areas.
Between 9am and 3pm today the Bureau of Meteorology has recorded the following rainfall totals for the Wilsons River catchment:
The Channon 61mm
Repentance Creek 43mm
Lismore is no longer on Flood Watch status. However a Flood Watch remains in effect further south on the Orara and Bellinger catchments.
Meanwhile, the Byron Coast is expected to receive strong winds of up to 55km/h from the east south east with open ocean swells of up to 5m.
Earlier the Richmond-Tweed SES reported prior rainfall totals up until 9am today:Byron LGA Mullumbimby Creek 76mm Upper Main Arm 64mm Lismore LGA (affected) Goonengerry 68mm Huonbrook 78mm Richmond Valley and Ballina LGA Evans Head 59mm Alstonville 30mm The SES notes: "While it is needed in some areas, be aware that it may lead to flash flooding. Remember: If it's flooded, FORGET IT."
ALONG with the rain continuing to bucket down sporadically across the region, the Bureau of Meteorology has issued a surf and wind warning for the coast.
The BOM issued a strong wind warning at 10.18am this morning for the Byron Coast, which will continue overnight into tomorrow.
There is also a hazardous surf warning for the Byron Coast today and tomorrow.
NSW Police Force, Marine Area Command advise that:
- People should consider staying out of the water and avoid walking near surf-exposed areas.
- Rock fishers should avoid coastal rock platforms exposed to the ocean and seek a safe location that is sheltered from the surf.
- Boaters planning to cross shallow water and ocean bars should consider changing or delaying their voyage.
- Boaters already on the water should carry the appropriate safety equipment and wear a lifejacket.
- Boaters should remember to log on with their local Marine Rescue radio base, via VHF Radio or the
- Marine Rescue APP, and consider their safety management plan.
- The next warning will be issued by 5:00 pm EDT Sunday.