Australia’s east coast is being slammed by wild weather sparked by a second strong low-pressure system in as many weeks.
The powerful low is moving down the eastern seaboard and drenched south-east Queensland on Sunday, bringing torrential rain which caused flash flooding on the Gold Coast.
Roads were closed into Mudgeeraba with several cars cut off by rising flood waters, and a driver needed to be winched to safety in Carrara.
Australia’s east coast is being slammed by wild weather sparked by a second strong low-pressure system in as many weeks. Above, a normally empty stormwater channel in Newcastle, north of Sydney, on Sunday
A motorist takes on rising flood water on the Gold Coast as huge rainfall lashed the region on Saturday
The storm cell covering NSW stretches from Kempsey in the north to Bega on the south coast and west to Bathurst
Monterey Keys copped a whopping 184mm of rain, along with 133mm at Pimpama, while Brisbane recorded its highest July rainfall total in more than 20 years.
As the system moved south NSW copped torrential rain, with residents experiencing flash flooding in Mullumbimby, Coffs Harbour and Newcastle.
A busload of nine children were rescued by SES volunteers on an inflatable boat at the University of Newcastle at Callaghan on Sunday night, with four other drivers in the city winched from their cars in rapidly rising waters.
Heavy rain set into the Sydney basin on Sunday afternoon, with downpours and flash flooding warnings in place from the Blue Mountains to the far south coast.
A severe weather warning for damaging winds, heavy rainfall and damaging surf has been issued by the Bureau of Meteorology for the metropolitan, Illawarra, south coast, Hunter, central tablelands and southern tablelands forecast districts.
‘A low pressure system currently just off the Hunter coast is bringing localised heavy rain and damaging wind gusts along the Hunter and Sydney coast, and likely to continue in those districts till early Monday morning,’ the BOM website reads.
A family watch on as a motorist is winched out from a flooded roadway in Carrara in Queensland on Sunday
Construction cranes and earth movers arrive at Ocean View Drive in Wamberal on Sunday after heavy beach erosion last week
‘The areas of damaging wind gusts and heavy rainfall are expected to shift south, and wind-driven large sea waves will develop about the southern parts of the coast during the first half of Monday, as this low heads south and stalls off the Illawarra coast, then the damaging winds and the heavy surf will return to the central parts of the coast again during the later part of Monday as the southerly winds strengthens around the low.’
A flood watch warning is also in place for the Upper Nepean and Georges Rivers in Sydney, as well as St Georges Basin and Shoalhaven, Moruya and Deua Rivers in the Illawarra and South Coast.
Residents on the NSW Central Coast are preparing for another round of big swell after beaches suffered extreme erosion in last weeks big storm.
More than 150 bags of rocks have been lined on the shore at Wamberal after 54 residents were told to leave their homes due to safety concerns as the beach was torn away by the powerful surf conditions.
The south-east swell is set to peak at more than five metres on Tuesday, leaving residents hopeful they will prevent further damage to the coastline.
The low pressure system situated off the NSW coast is producing a rapidly rising swell through Monday to peak at more than five metres on Tuesday
More than 150 bags of rocks have been put along the beach at Wamberal (pictured) in an effort to stop further erosion in the upcoming swell
There were 54 Wamberal residents told to leave their homes due to safety concerns as the beach was torn away by the powerful surf conditions
‘I try not to be dominated by fear, I try to be optimistic and cross our fingers that what we have done is enough,’ Wamberal resident Margaret Brice told SMH.
Wamberal Beach is closed at the sites with significant erosion, where asbestos was found strewn on the beach from underneath one of the houses.
A marine wind warning is in place for NSW with strong southerly wind gusts in excess of 90km/h predicted on the south coast on Monday morning before moving north into the Illawarra, Sydney and Central Coast.
Northern parts of Victoria will feel the storm as it moves down the coast, with a severe weather warning for heavy rainfall and damaging winds in place.
Heavy rainfall will develop throughout Monday and into Tuesday with strong winds over alpine areas including Falls Creek, Mt Hotham and Mt Buller.
The low pressure system will start to move out to sea and fade away from Wednesday, bringing calmer conditions to the east coast heading into the latter part of the week.
A man with a rainbow umbrella avoids the rain walking through Circular Quay in Sydney on Sunday
FIVE DAY WEATHER FORECAST
Monday: Min 14. Max 18. Showers, Windy
Tuesday: Min 13. Max 17. Showers, Windy
Wednesday: Min 11. Max 19. Mostly Sunny
Thursday: Min 9. Max 18. Partly Cloudy
Friday: Min 10. Max 18. Partly Cloudy
Monday: Min 8. Max 14. Shower or two
Tuesday: Min 8. Max 15 Partly Cloudy
Wednesday: Min 6. Max 16. Mostly Sunny
Thursday: Min 8. Max 15. Partly Cloudy
Friday: Min 7. Max 17. Partly Cloudy
Monday: Min 9. Max 16. Possible Morning Shower
Tuesday: Min 3. Max 14 Partly Cloudy
Wednesday: Min 5. Max 17. Mostly Sunny
Thursday: Min 5. Max 16. Partly Cloudy
Friday: Min 7. Max 18. Mostly Sunny
Monday: Min 7. Max 13. Showers
Tuesday: Min 6. Max 15. Possible Shower
Wednesday: Min 1. Max 15. Mostly Sunny
Thursday: Min 1. Max 15. Mostly Sunny
Friday: Min 0. Max 14. Morning Frost, Partly Cloudy
Monday: Min 13. Max 21. Windy, Sunny
Tuesday: Min 11. Max 22. Sunny
Wednesday: Min 10. Max 24. Sunny
Thursday: Min 12. Max 24. Sunny
Friday: Min 12. Max 23. Mostly Sunny
Monday: Min 13. Max 23. Windy, Evening Showers
Tuesday: Min 11. Max. 20. Cloudy
Wednesday: Min 9. Max 20. Partly Cloudy
Thursday: Min 7. Max 20. Partly Cloudy
Friday: Min 10. Max 20. Partly Cloudy
Monday: Min 4. Max 13. Partly Cloudy
Tuesday: Min 4. Max 13. Partly Cloudy
Wednesday: Min 3. Max 15. Partly Cloudy
Thursday: Min 5. Max 13. Partly Cloudy
Friday: Min 6. Max 14. Partly Cloudy
Monday: Min 19. Max 33. Sunny
Tuesday: Min 19. Max 32. Sunny
Wednesday: Min 18. Max 32. Sunny
Thursday: Min 18. Max 32. Sunny
Friday: Min 18. Max 31. Sunny
SOURCE: Bureau of Meteorology