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Coffs Coast on flood watch

BIG WET: SES crews are preparing for another weekend of heavy rain with up to 150mm expected to fall in the next 48 hours.
BIG WET: SES crews are preparing for another weekend of heavy rain with up to 150mm expected to fall in the next 48 hours. Gemima Harvey

SUNDAY 9.40AM

WIND warnings for the Coffs Coast have been downgraded from gale to strong winds by the Bureau of Meteorology.

About 80mm to 150mm of rain is still expected to fall across the region today and tomorrow.

Coffs Harbour SES crews have the sand bag point established at Brelsford Park as a precaution.

UPDATE 1.30PM

DANGEROUS surf conditions forecast from the Mid North Coast to the Gold Coast beyond the Queensland border. 

UPDATE 1.11PM

THE Bureau of Meteorology has issued a gale-force wind warning for the Coffs Coast.

The warning has also been issued along the Bryon, Macquarie and Hunter coastlines. 

SATURDAY 10.47AM

HEAVY rainfall is expected to cause flooding and flash flooding across the Mid North Coast tonight and Sunday.

The Bureau of Meteorology said a trough will move over northern NSW today and deepen into a low, which expected to move south during Sunday and cross central or southern parts of the coast.

Widespread rainfall is predicted to be between 80 mm and 150 mm in localised falls with no strong winds, high tides or significant swells forecast at this stage.

The low is predicted to intensify into an East Coast Low before moving to the south during Monday.

The Bureau said is a greater than 70% chance of flooding as well as local flash flooding along the following river valleys from Sunday onwards:

1. Tweed Valley - minor flooding

2. Brunswick Valley - minor flooding

3. Richmond and Wilsons River - minor to moderate flooding

4. Orara River - minor to moderate flooding

5. Bellinger and Kalang River - minor to moderate flooding

6. Nepean Hawkesbury River - minor to moderate flooding

7. Upper Macintyre Valley - minor flooding

8. Bogan Valley - minor flooding

9. Castlereagh Valley - minor flooding

Residents living along rivers and catchments are urged to monitor the latest weather forecasts and warnings and be ready to move to higher ground should flooding develop.

Flood Warnings will be issued if the Minor Flood Level is expected to be exceeded at key sites along the main rivers for which the Bureau of Meteorology provides a flood warning service.

Coffs Harbour SES is urging those who live in flood-affected areas to be prepared.

On Facebook crews are encouraging people to clean gutters and downpipes as backflows from roof gutters generally finish up inside the house.

For sandbags, please remember:

• 4 bags to cover the average door.

• 8 an average single garage door; and

• 16 an average double garage door

Topics:  bureau of meteorology coffs coast east coast low emergency services flash flooding floods rain ses weather



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