New severe weather warning issued
THE BUREAU of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for the Northern Rivers.
A low pressure system off Queensland southeast coast should remain slow moving today.
During Thursday the low is expected to move south to south-westwards towards the New South Wales coast.
As the low approaches, rain and showers will become more widespread and heavier along the northern New South Wales coast and adjacent ranges.
The wind and surf will also increase as the low approaches.
Locations which may be affected on Thursday include Lismore and the Northern Rivers.
As the low tracks south-westwards on Friday, heavy rain and damaging winds are expected to extend southwards to central parts of the New South Wales coast.
A flood watch has been issued for NSW coastal river valleys from the Queensland border to the Hunter Valley.
Please refer to www.bom.gov.au/nsw/warnings for the latest flood and weather warning information.
Damaging winds around 60 km/h with peak gusts of 90 km/h are forecast for the coastal fringe of the Northern Rivers forecast district.
Very heavy rain which may lead to flash flooding is forecast for the Northern Rivers forecast district on Thursday.
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 clear of fallen power lines.
- 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.