Destructive winds and heavy rainfall forecast for Coffs
UPDATE: 9.20AM: DESTRUCTIVE winds, abnormally high tides and damaging surf have been forecast for today along the north coast of NSW.
Coffs Harbour, Lismore, Grafton, Tenterfield, Yamba, Glen Innes and Inverell may experience heavy rainfall.
The Bureau of Meteorology stated ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie was just off the Gold Coast this morning and would slowly move southeast.
Damaging winds averaging 65kmh with gusts of more than 90kmh are forecast along the coast north of Port Macquarie. Destructive southerly wind gusts in excess of 125kmh are possible this morning.
Dangerous surf conditions are likely on beaches north of Sydney, with powerful surf making coastal activities such as rock fishing, swimming and surfing hazardous.
UPDATE 2.25PM: SURF Life Saving NSW urged beach-goers to exercise extreme caution as a developing weather system approaches.
A dangerous surf warning was put in place from the South Coast to Northern NSW from Monday with conditions expected to build overnight.
Swells are predicted to peak at around 3-4m but are forecast to be larger and stronger offshore.
Conditions in Northern NSW are likely to be stronger than the south, with stronger surf expected on the coastline as far south as Coffs Harbour until at least Sunday.
NSW Operations Manager Andy Kent urged the public to heed to warnings.
"The best advice we can give people is to be aware of their environment and changing conditions," he said.
"Take the time to study a recent weather forecast before heading out and let others know what your plans are."
Mr Kent advised all beach-goers and rock fishers not to take any unnecessary risks and surf lifesavers will be on patrol duties until the end of the season on April 25.
UPDATE 9.50AM: A FLOOD watch has extended to include Coffs Coast and the Nambucca River.
The BOM stated a cold front moving through NSW today will interact with the moisture from ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie and lead to widespread rain over the state's east.
The weather system has the potential to cause river flooding and local flash flooding along the following river valleys from today:
- Coffs Coast - minor flooding
- Clarence Valley (including Orara) - moderate flooding
- Bellinger Valley - minor to moderate flooding
- Nambucca Valley - minor to moderate flooding
Flood advice is available at www.ses.gov.au.
There are also strong wind warnings for the Coffs Coast today and gale warnings tomorrow.
ORIGINAL: HEAVY rainfall has been forecast for Coffs Harbour tomorrow following the wake of ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie.
The Bureau of Meteorology forecast read Coffs Harbour is likely to have between 50-100mm fall on Thursday.
The BOM issued a severe weather warning for the NSW north-east coast.
The bureau stated a low pressure system from central-east Queensland and a high pressure system over the Tasman Sea will drag a humid tropical air mass over NSW.
Heavy rainfall for the north-east of the state is likely to fall over Thursday and Friday as a cold front approaches from the south-west and mixes with the humid air mass.
The BOM stated the heavy rain may lead to flash flooding and put the Bellinger Valley under flood watch.
As well as Coffs Harbour, locations which may be affected by heavy rain include Lismore, Grafton, Tenterfield, Yamba, Glen Innes and Inverell.
The bureau also warned of likely damaging winds averaging 65kmh, with gusts in excess of 90kmh for Sydney, Gosford, Newcastle, Taree, Port Macquarie and Kempsey.