Thunderstorms after 1800 lightning strikes
FOLLOWING a deluge overnight, the Northern Rivers can expect high temperatures and thunderstorms throughout much of Sunday.
The severe weather warning for heavy rainfall over the north coast and adjacent ranges has been cancelled but residents are advised to proceed with caution where there is water over the road.
The SES has warned residents not to enter flood waters after more than a dozen rescues overnight, including a four-year-old and two parents having to be helicopter rescued out of a submerged car near Woodburn.
Some parts of the Ballina CBD has tidal saltwater flooding due to high tide inundation.
Myocum Road, James Lane and Lindendale Rd at Marom Creek and Wyan Creek Rd west of Rappville has water over the road.
Bruxner Highway, West of Loftville Bridge at Lismore, has a reduced speed limit of 60kmh between Barker St and Tunstall St.
Cangai Gwydir Hway between Jackadgery and The Range, west of Grafton, is closed due to fallen trees and a landslide.
NSW Department of Primary Industries has cancelled shark helicopter surveys between Ballina and Tweed coasts today due to weather conditions.
Weatherzone meteorologist Tom Hough said within 70 km of Lismore between midnight last night and now 1800 hundred strikes were recorded, including "cloud to cloud" lightening strikes.
Mr Hough said weather we can expect today includes:
"Possibility of thunderstorms throughout the day with some sunny patches and a top of 26 degrees. 5-10 ml of rain.
"Slightly warmer, with a top around 27 degress, and slightly more rain - around 10- 20 ml.
"More of the same, with thunderstorms passing throughout the day, and a top temperature of 25 degrees. Around 10 -20 ml of rain.
"Thunderstorms throughout the day with a top of 28 degrees and rainfall of 5 - 10 ml.
"The rainfall amounts should be decreasing slightly compared to last week."
CURRENT FLOOD WARNINGS
1. Brunswick - minor flooding
2. Wilsons - minor flooding
3. Richmond - minor flooding
4. Clarence - minor flooding
5. Nambucca - minor to moderate