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Newcastle Central Coast New South Wales weather rain floods warning

Residents have been warned to brace for dangerous flash flooding and massive surf as a month’s worth of rain falls in just one day.

Parts of the New South Wales Hunter Valley were hit by 117mm of rain in just one hour from thunderstorms which hit early Wednesday morning.

A further 100mm to 200mm is expected throughout the warning area on Wednesday and some locations could see intense downpours of more than 200mm. 

Residents have been warned to brace for dangerous flash flooding and massive surf as a month’s worth of rain falls in just a couple of days (pictured is 2016 flooding)

Parts of the New South Wales Hunter Valley were hit by 114mm of rain in just one hour from thunderstorms which hit early Wednesday morning (pictured are residents preparing for the wild weather)

Parts of the New South Wales Hunter Valley were hit by 114mm of rain in just one hour from thunderstorms which hit early Wednesday morning (pictured are residents preparing for the wild weather)

A severe weather warning has been issued for Newcastle, the Central Coast and Port Stephens areas with heavy bursts of rain forecast (pictured is 2016 flooding)

A severe weather warning has been issued for Newcastle, the Central Coast and Port Stephens areas with heavy bursts of rain forecast (pictured is 2016 flooding)

A severe weather warning has been issued for Newcastle, the Central Coast and Port Stephens areas with heavy bursts of rain forecast. 

Emergency services handed out sandbags to residents and local business owners in Newcastle on Tuesday afternoon in preparation for the deluge.

Flash flooding is possible, while gusty winds are also likely to create hazardous surf conditions.

Wet and windy weather is expected right along the New South Wales coast, from Coffs Harbour to Wollongong, on Wednesday and Thursday.

Up to 200mm of rain – possibly more in some areas – is expected throughout the day, but Sydney and the Blue Mountains are likely to be spared the worst of it.

‘We do expect that many places will get their normal monthly rainfall for March in just a couple of days,’ bureau meteorologist Adam Morgan said.

Sydney fell just short of posting a record three consecutive 30 degree plus days in March, after a scorching Sunday (pictured is a beachgoer on Sunday)

Sydney fell just short of posting a record three consecutive 30 degree plus days in March, after a scorching Sunday (pictured is a beachgoer on Sunday)

Flood warnings have been issued for the New South Wales coast as a freak autumn heatwave gives way to heavy rainfall (pictured is Central Coast flooding in 2016)

Flood warnings have been issued for the New South Wales coast as a freak autumn heatwave gives way to heavy rainfall (pictured is Central Coast flooding in 2016)

The Bureau of Meteorology issued a Severe Weather Warning for Newcastle, the Central Coast and the Lower Hunter areas on Tuesday (pictured are storms in Sydney in 2016)

The Bureau of Meteorology issued a Severe Weather Warning for Newcastle, the Central Coast and the Lower Hunter areas on Tuesday (pictured are storms in Sydney in 2016)

People are being urged to avoid non-essential travel once the severe weather starts, and to bring pets indoors and cars under cover.

Those driving are encouraged to slow down, take extra care and avoid driving in floodwaters. 

‘Weather modelling indicates there will be some very heavy bursts of rain,’ the Bureau’s New South Wales State Manager, Ann Farrell said on Tuesday.

‘While the specific areas of greatest impact are still uncertain, we expect to see this occurring from early morning on Wednesday, with more to come tomorrow night. 

The region is expected to bear the brunt of intense rain brought on by a coastal trough, causing potentially dangerous overland and riverine flooding (pictured is the rainfall forecast for the region)

The region is expected to bear the brunt of intense rain brought on by a coastal trough, causing potentially dangerous overland and riverine flooding (pictured is the rainfall forecast for the region)

Residents are urged to monitor weather forecasts and warnings and be prepared to evacuate to high ground if floods develop (pictured is the warning area)

Residents are urged to monitor weather forecasts and warnings and be prepared to evacuate to high ground if floods develop (pictured is the warning area)

‘This could be enough to cause road and riverine flooding, and to create dangerous conditions around storm water drains, along with slippery roads.’ 

Residents are urged to monitor weather forecasts and warnings and be prepared to evacuate to high ground if floods develop.  

Waterways and catchments affected by the flood warnings

Manning River (minor flooding)

Wallis Lake (local flooding)

Myall River (local flooding)

Karuah River (local flooding)

Wollombi Brook and Lower Hunter River (minor flooding)

Newcastle Area (local flooding)

Paterson and Williams Rivers (minor flooding)

Central Coast (local flooding)

Lake Macquarie (local flooding)

‘A few simple preparations such as cleaning gutters and downpipes and checking your roof is in good repair can make a big difference, said New South Wales State Emergency Service Commissioner Mark Smethurst.

‘Once severe weather starts, delay non-essential travel, bring pets indoors, park your car under cover, and most importantly, do not drive in floodwater.’ 

While the coast north of Sydney is set to see days of persistent heavy rain, there will be little respite for the bushfire-stricken region around Tathra on the south coast. 

Tathra is only expected to get two to eight millimetres of rain on Thursday, although it could see wetter weather on Saturday and Sunday.

Sydney fell just short of posting a record three consecutive 30 degree plus days in March, after a scorching Sunday.

Up to 25mm of rain will fall in Sydney on Wednesday, followed by 25 to 45mm on Thursday.

While the coast north of Sydney is set to see days of persistent heavy rain, there will be little respite for the bushfire-stricken region around Tathra on the south coast (pictured)

While the coast north of Sydney is set to see days of persistent heavy rain, there will be little respite for the bushfire-stricken region around Tathra on the south coast (pictured)

Tathra (pictured) is only expected to get two to eight millimetres of rain on Thursday, although it could see wetter weather on Saturday and Sunday

Tathra (pictured) is only expected to get two to eight millimetres of rain on Thursday, although it could see wetter weather on Saturday and Sunday

Showers are predicted to hit the city daily until Monday, with temperatures peaking a day earlier at 30C.

Areas affected by the flood warnings include Manning River, Wallis Lake, Myall River, Karuah River, Wollombi Brook and the Lower Hunter River.

The Newcastle area, the Paterson and Williams rivers, the Central Coast and Lake Macquarie are also expected to experience local flooding.

AUSTRALIA’S WEATHER: THREE-DAY FORECAST IN YOUR CITY

SYDNEY   

WEDNESDAY: Max, 23. Showers

THURSDAY: Max, 23. Showers

FRIDAY: Max, 24. Showers 

CANBERRA  

WEDNESDAY: Max, 19. Cloudy

THURSDAY: Max, 19. Cloudy

FRIDAY: Max, 22. Possible shower  

PERTH   

WEDNESDAY: Max, 35. Mostly sunny

THURSDAY: Max, 29. Mostly sunny

FRIDAY: Max, 28. Mostly sunny

BRISBANE   

WEDNESDAY: Max, 28. Possible shower

THURSDAY: Max, 27. Possible shower

FRIDAY: Max, 27. Possible shower 

MELBOURNE  

WEDNESDAY: Max, 25. Mostly sunny

THURSDAY: Max, 26. Mostly sunny

FRIDAY: Max, 28. Possible shower 

ADELAIDE  

WEDNESDAY: Max, 25. Mostly sunny

THURSDAY: Max, 29. Mostly sunny

FRIDAY:  Max, 33. Mostly sunny

HOBART    

WEDNESDAY: Max, 18. Cloudy

THURSDAY: Max, 19. Cloudy

FRIDAY: Max, 22. Possible shower 

DARWIN    

WEDNESDAY: Max 33. Possible storm

THURSDAY: Max 33. Possible storm

FRIDAY: Max 33. Possible storm

Source: Weatherzone 



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