Wild wind and flood warnings for the Coffs Coast
THE Bureau of Meteorology has issued flood warnings for various Coffs Coast rivers as well as a warning for gale force winds throughout the day.
Heavy overnight rain associated with an East Coast Low as well as heavy winds has seen plenty of damage across the region and the Bureau keeping a close eye on several rivers.
Flood warnings have been issued for the Bellinger, Orara and Nambucca Rivers.
The Bellinger River peaked at near 3.2 metres at about 7am this morning with minor flooding but at bellingen and downstream the levels remain below minor flood levels.
Minor flooding is expected at Glenreagh later this morning and Coutts Crossing on Friday morning after 118mm of rain fell over the upper Orara Valley during the 24 hour period to 2am today.
The Orara River is expected to peak at 5.5 metres at around 11am this morning with minor flooding. At Glenreagh Bridge the river height is expected to reach about 4.2 metres at noon.
The Nambucca River at Macksville peaked near 1.8 metres last night but has now fallen below the the minor flood level.
The drastic increase in swell and an unpredictable weather pattern has also forced Australian Surf Festival organisers to call a lay day.
"We expect the weather and swell to subside over the course of the next day and we should see some nice conditions for the start of the NRMA Holiday Parks Australian Longboard Titles," Surfing Australia national contest director Glen Elliott said.