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Sydney weather: NSW flood crisis extends to Central Coast, Budgewoi and Tuggerah Lakes ‘high danger’

NSW’s latest flood crisis has worsened with thousands of residents of the state’s Central Coast ordered to evacuate their homes immediately.

Torrential rain and powerful winds have battered greater Sydney for a fourth consecutive day with a fresh warning the Budgewoi and Tuggerah Lakes areas are now considered ‘high danger’ – with 19 suburbs at risk. 

Streets have turned into rivers with boats and kayaks the only way of getting in and out of some suburbs which have already been cut off.

A major flood level of 1.6m is expected at Long Jetty on Tuesday night with further rises possible.

‘Once floodwater passes 1.50 metres on the Long Jetty (The Entrance) gauge at Tuggerah and Budgewoi Lakes, roads will begin to close,’ the SES warned on Tuesday afternoon.

Waters will continue to rise in these areas and may inundate homes.

‘Once flood water begins inundating the area road access water, sewerage, power, phones and internet may be lost. If you remain in the area you will be trapped and it may be too dangerous for SES to rescue you.’

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Children are seen on kayaks in floodwaters which have inundated the NSW town of Yarramalong on the Central Coast

Some parts of of the NSW Central Coast have already been cut off. Pictured are fuel and supplies being transported to stranded residents in Yarramalong

Some parts of of the NSW Central Coast have already been cut off. Pictured are fuel and supplies being transported to stranded residents in Yarramalong

Nineteen suburbs on the Central Coast are at risk of flooding. Pictured is a Yarramalong home surrounded by water on Tuesday

Nineteen suburbs on the Central Coast are at risk of flooding. Pictured is a Yarramalong home surrounded by water on Tuesday

NSW Central Coast suburbs at risk

The Entrance

• Long Jetty

• Berkley Vale

• Chittaway Bay

• Tacoma South

• Tacoma

• Wonga

• Tuggerawong

• Rocky Point

• Blue Haven

• Budgewoi

• Buff Point

• Charmhaven

• Gorokan

• Lake Haven

• Rocky Point

• San Remo

• Canton beach

• Toukley

Further south, Windsor has experienced its third major flood this year as entire streets and sporting fields transformed into rivers.

Rising floodwaters sparked the evacuation of Windsor Police Station, where staff have been relocated to Riverstone.

The Hawkesbury River at Windsor reached major flood levels for the third time within months and peaked at 14m on Tuesday, above the 13.8m level recorded in March.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is expected to visit the flood-devastated region on Thursday after coming under  fire from NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet.

In the Blue Mountains west of Sydney, the wild weather has caused a major landslip near Blackheath, which has closed the train line between Katoomba and Mt Victoria. 

‘This may take weeks to repair, with the initial inspections showing the landslip is up to 40 metres long, 20 metres wide and 60 metres deep,’ Transport NSW warned.

A severe weather warning of heavy rain and damaging winds of up to 90km/h remains in place for Sydney, the NSW Central Coast and Hunter regions.

The SES has issued 103 evacuation orders and 57 evacuation warnings across Sydney and surrounding regions in recent days.

It comes after thousands of Sydneysiders were ordered to evacuate their homes after the city was battered by a third consecutive night of torrential rain, howling winds and flooding.

Sydney was forecast to receive another 50mm on Tuesday on top of the 67.2mm in the previous 24 hours as hazardous surf conditions and massive swells of up to six meters smashed the coastline.

Authorities have warned floodwaters will take up to a week to recede even after the rain eases on Tuesday night.

It was another night of chaos in Sydney as life-threatening floodwaters cut off more suburbs, inundated supermarkets and left motorists stranded on submerged roads.

Extraordinary before and after footage has emerged of a street in semi-rural Horsley Park near Fairfield became submerged within hours, leaving a red-faced motorist stranded after chancing their luck.

The train line between Katoomba and Mt Victoria could be closed for weeks after a landslip near at Blackheath on Tuesday

The train line between Katoomba and Mt Victoria could be closed for weeks after a landslip near at Blackheath on Tuesday

Windsor has experienced its third major flood in four months. Pictured is a local resident wading through floodwaters at her home

Windsor has experienced its third major flood in four months. Pictured is a local resident wading through floodwaters at her home

The latest NSW flood crisis has impacted at least 50,000 residents in Sydney and surrounding region. Pictured is a flooded street in Windsor

The latest NSW flood crisis has impacted at least 50,000 residents in Sydney and surrounding region. Pictured is a flooded street in Windsor

Much of Windsor in Sydney's north-west has been cut off by floodwaters

Much of Windsor in Sydney’s north-west has been cut off by floodwaters

Sydney and surrounding  areas remain at risk of flooding with red areas the biggest concern

Sydney and surrounding  areas remain at risk of flooding with red areas the biggest concern 

This is a street in Horsley Park hours before a major deluge

A motorist's car broke down after driving through the flooded road

It took just hours for a semi-rural street in Horsley Park to become submerged on Monday

Authorities has reissued warnings to not drive through flooded roads, as an elderly couple wade to safety in Richmond on Tuesday

Authorities has reissued warnings to not drive through flooded roads, as an elderly couple wade to safety in Richmond on Tuesday

Boat is the only way tov get in and out of flooded suburbs in Sydney's north-west

Boat is the only way tov get in and out of flooded suburbs in Sydney’s north-west

A Water NSW worker keeps a watchful on Warragamba Dam spilling 60-80 gigalitres each day during the latest flood crisis

A Water NSW worker keeps a watchful on Warragamba Dam spilling 60-80 gigalitres each day during the latest flood crisis

SES crews received 500 requests for assistance in the space of 12 hours, one fifth of them flood rescues.

Chipping Norton residents in Sydney’s south-west were among the latest ordered to evacuate in the wee hours of Tuesday morning, along with parts of the north-west, including Ebenezer, Lower Portland, Mulgrave, Mulgrave South, Vineyard and McGraths Hill.

 ‘This event is far from over. Please don´t be complacent, wherever you are. Please careful when you´re driving on our roads. There is still substantial risk for flash flooding across our state,’ NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said on Tuesday.

Parts of the city’s south received up to 200mm on Monday night which sparked evacuation orders in Woronora and Bonnet Bay.

It's been a busy 48 hours for SES crews. Pictured are crews rescuing horses from flooded paddocks at Berkshire Park in Sydney's north-west

It’s been a busy 48 hours for SES crews. Pictured are crews rescuing horses from flooded paddocks at Berkshire Park in Sydney’s north-west

Parts of Sydney's south received up to 200mm on Monday night. Pictured is Woronora underwater

Parts of Sydney’s south received up to 200mm on Monday night. Pictured is Woronora underwater

SES crews from Randwick were deployed to Lansvale on Monday night to help evacuate residents from flooded streets

SES crews from Randwick were deployed to Lansvale on Monday night to help evacuate residents from flooded streets

Damaging winds of up to 90km/h and three-hourly rainfall totals of up to 65mm were forecast for the Hunter district on Tuesday.

‘The damaging winds may lead to debris on roads and provide the risk for trees toppling in softer and very saturated soils,’ the Bureau of Meteorology warned.

‘Rainfall will further contribute to flooding already being experienced and maintains the potential for landslides’

Sydney saw widespread falls of at least 50mm on Monday night while some areas towards the Illawarra region got a whopping 200mm.

‘We still do have a severe weather warning for heavy rain fall that covers Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs and up the Central Coast and toward the Hunter and that will very much be the focus of rain today,’ Bureau of Meteorology’s Jonathan How told the Today show on Tuesday.

‘We’re seeing heavy showers push through eastern parts of Sydney right now with even heavier falls up into the lower Hunter, so there is still 20 to 50mm to come.’

The relenting rain is expected to ease in the coming days.

‘We are reminding people that these floodwaters will remain very high, well after the rain has stopped,’ Mr How warned.

‘It will take days, if not a week, to start to see these floodwaters recede. So the danger isn’t over, even after the rain has stopped.

The NSW SES has been inundated with more than 500 requests for help in the space of 12 hours, including 100 flood rescues.

Almost 100 evacuation orders remain current while 60 evacuation warnings covering about 45,000 people are currently in place. 

‘The majority of them in the Hawkesbury-Nepean river systems but also across into the Georges River and the Woronora River,’ SES chief superintendent Ashley Sullivan said on Tuesday .

‘The weather is meant to stick around for at least today and tomorrow, so  threat will remain with those flood warnings for the rest of this week. 

We do ask motorists, particularly, to stay off the road wherever possible.’

Parts of Sydney's south received up to 200 of rain on Monday night. Pictured are Coles Illawong staff mopping up

Parts of Sydney’s south received up to 200 of rain on Monday night. Pictured are Coles Illawong staff mopping up 

More than 35,000 Sydneysiders have been forced to evacuate in recent days, with a a natural disaster declared in 23 local government areas.

The weather bureau warned the heavy deluge battering Greater Sydney,  Hunter Valley, Illawarra and the Central Coast is finally forecast to ease on Friday meaning more misery is yet to come.

But those in the 23 LGAs affected by the severe storms and flooding since June 27,  will now be eligible for disaster relief payments under Monday evening’s declaration.

The payments are jointly funded by the NSW government and the Commonwealth.

A man and a boy are pictured escaping floodwaters in a kayak as the Hawkesbury River overflows in Windsor, northwest of Sydney

A man and a boy are pictured escaping floodwaters in a kayak as the Hawkesbury River overflows in Windsor, northwest of Sydney

In welcome news to weary Sydneysiders BOM said rain is forecast to ease by Friday (pictured, rescue crews in Bligh Park)

In welcome news to weary Sydneysiders BOM said rain is forecast to ease by Friday (pictured, rescue crews in Bligh Park)

LGAs ELIGIBLE FOR DISASTER ASSISTANCE

Blacktown

Blue Mountains

Camden

Canterbury Bankstown

Campbelltown

Central Coast

Cessnock

Fairfield

Georges River

Hawkesbury

Hornsby

Kiama

Lithgow

Liverpool

Northern Beaches

Penrith

Shellharbour

Shoalhaven

Sutherland

The Hills

Wingecarribee

Wollondilly

Wollongong

It comes after Federal Emergency Management Minister Murray Watts earlier on Monday said the flooding would not be declared a national emergency.  

‘At this stage, the advice is this particular disaster, while severe, does not reach the level of the threshold required to invoke a national emergency declaration,’ he said.

‘Having said that, it is likely the NSW government will declare this flood as a disaster from a NSW perspective.’ 

Authorities have warned despite conditions easing, the dangers associated with damaging winds, coastal erosion and powerful surf would remain. 

‘We are not out of the danger yet,’ NSW SES Commissioner Carlene York warned as fresh evacuation orders were issued for Liverpool and Milperra. 

The SES ordered residents in low-lying areas to immediately evacuate as river levels were seen rising rapidly upstream of Liverpool, in the city’s southwest. 

In nearby Cabramatta, 10 people, including two pensioners, were rescued from a home surrounded by floodwaters by members of NSW Fire and Rescue.

State Premier Dominic Perrottet said it was important to learn from previous flood events as there was ‘no doubt’ they were becoming more common. 

He said he was impressed by the response from the federal government in comparison to other flood events just months earlier.  

Many areas in NSW have been inundated with a months worth of rain in just a couple of days over the weekend and on Monday. 

As of 3pm on Monday, the SES had fielded 3,900 requests for assistance and performed 85 flood rescues after authorities warned of another busy day. 

Residents in some parts of western Sydney have been given the green light to return home with authorities urging locals to avoid travelling through floodwaters. 

Conditions are set to ease as the east coast low causing the weather hell moves off the coast – however showers will linger for the rest of the week. 

Flood waters surround an industrial property in Londonderry on the outskirts of Sydney

Flood waters surround an industrial property in Londonderry on the outskirts of Sydney

A BOM weather map shows the east coast low pressure system lashing large swathes of NSW

A BOM weather map shows the east coast low pressure system lashing large swathes of NSW 

POLAIR crews were out giving assistance to ground crews when they took this image

POLAIR crews were out giving assistance to ground crews when they took this image

A low-pressure system hovering over the Tasman Sea pushing moisture towards the east coast is causing the wet weather (pictured, residents cut off by floods in Windsor)

A low-pressure system hovering over the Tasman Sea pushing moisture towards the east coast is causing the wet weather (pictured, residents cut off by floods in Windsor)

A low-pressure system hovering over the Tasman Sea pushing moisture towards the east coast is causing the wet weather.

Dozens were forced to abandon their homes and businesses as the swollen Hawkesbury and Nepean Rivers rapidly rise and overflow. 

BOM issued a minor to major flood warning for the Georges and Woronora Rivers where levels hit 2.5metres by 9pm on Monday night.

Anyone in low-lying parts of Woronora and Bonnet Bay on the Woronora River in the Sutherland Shire, were told to get out before 7pm and 8pm. 

Meanwhile, the swollen Georges River is expected to reach a peak of 4.2m by midnight on Monday, almost double its normal levels. 

A man is rescued from his car by State Emergency Service workers in Windsor on July 4, 2022 in Sydney, Australia

A man is rescued from his car by State Emergency Service workers in Windsor on July 4, 2022 in Sydney, Australia

‘Once floodwater reaches 2.4m at the Woronora Bridge, the area will be isolated,’ the SES said on social media.

‘If you remain in the area after 7pm Monday, you may be trapped without power, water and other essential services and it may be too dangerous to rescue you.’

Many areas on the Hawkesbury including Windsor, Sackville and Wisemans Ferry remain mostly underwater after receiving a drenching over the last 24 hours. 

The SES earlier on Monday issued evacuation orders for Cattai, Sackville North, Londonderry and Richards as the river started to rise.

Thirty suburbs are under threat of going underwater while 74 evacuation orders and 62 warnings affecting an estimated 32,000 have been put in place.  

Camden is among the worst places hit with the town submerged for the fourth time this year while parts of Lansvale, Chipping Norton and Moorebank are underwater. 

The State Emergency Service has responded to 3,500 calls for help since the weekend, with 400 calls made overnight, and performed about 120 flood rescues, with that number expected to increase.

SES spokesman Ashley Sullivan said rivers will continue to rise as already saturated flood plains became incapable of absorbing any more water. 

‘We are seeing these rivers rise much faster than what’s been predicted. Much faster than what we expected,’ he told the Nine Network on Monday.

‘Things are happening quicker. The risk… has increased significantly.’

One man has already died in the severe conditions after his kayak capsized by the Paramatta River in Sydney’s Abbotsford on Sunday.

THE FOUR DAY WEATHER FORECAST IN YOUR CITY  

SYDNEY:

Tuesday: Partly cloudy. Max 20 Min 10. 

Wednesday: Showers. Max 19 Min 13

Thursday: Showers. Max 18 Min 13 

Friday: Shower or two. Max 17 Min 9

BRISBANE:

Tuesday: Partly cloudy. Max 23 Min 12. 

Wednesday: Shower or two. Max 21 Min 13

Thursday: Partly cloudy. Max 23 Min 13 

Friday: Mostly sunny. Max 21 Min 11

ADELAIDE:

Tuesday: Showers easing. Max 15 Min 9. 

Wednesday: Partly cloudy. Max 14 Min 5

Thursday: Shower or two. Max 15 Min 6 

Friday: Partly cloudy. Max 15 Min 8

PERTH:

Tuesday: Mostly sunny. Max 20 Min 8.

Wednesday: Partly cloudy. Max 18 Min 5

Thursday: Partly cloudy. Max 19 Min 6 

Friday: Partly cloudy. Max 22 Min 9

MELBOURNE: 

Tuesday: Showers. Max 15 Min 11. 

Wednesday: Partly cloudy. Max 16 Min 4

Thursday: Possible shower. Max 14 Min 5 

Friday: Showers. Max 14 Min 9

CANBERRA:

Tuesday: Showers. Max 13 Min 5.

Wednesday: Cloudy. Max 14 Min 3

Thursday: Cloudy. Max 14 Min 3 

Friday: Morning frost. Partly cloudy Max 13 Min -1 

DARWIN:

Tuesday: Partly cloudy. Max 33 Min 22. 

Wednesday: Sunny. Max 27 Min 14

Thursday: Sunny. Max 29 Min 15 

Friday: Sunny. Max 29 Min 15 

HOBART:

Tuesday: Shower or two. Max 14 Min 9.

Wednesday: Cloudy. Max 13 Min 4

Thursday: Possible shower. Max 13 Min 5 

Friday: Showers. Max 12 Min 8 

 Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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