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Three motorists and six cows rescued from flooding as wild weather batters NSW south coast

Towns in New South Wales have been battered by another night of wild weather, with more than 100mm of rain dumped in the state overnight and as winds reached 120km/h.

More than 14,000 homes and businesses were plunged into darkness as power lines went down, with some residents told to flee their homes on the south coast. 

Three motorists and six cows had to be rescued overnight as damaging winds and flash flooding wreak havoc on the coastal communities. 

Residents of Sussex Inlet on the south coast were urged to leave their homes immediately late on Monday evening as torrential rain paved the way for flooding. 

Emergency crews have also been working around the clock to restore power to 14,500 Shoalhaven homes and businesses which were affected by the storm.

Endeavour Energy said more than 200 electrical hazards were reported on its network in the region on Monday. 

Late on Monday evening, residents from Sussex Inlet on the south coast (pictured) were urged to leave their homes immediately as torrential rain paved the way for flooding

The aggressive low pressure system will ease by Tuesday afternoon as it slowly makes its way off shore, but not before wind gusts reach upwards of 120km/h.    

Crews from Kiama State Emergency Service were dispatched to rescue motorists in three separate incidents after they got caught in flood waters.

Six cows were also caught up in the downpour, requiring crews to help redirect them to higher ground.

About 4am, crews were called to Swamp Road where a tabletop truck found itself submerged in floodwaters up to the windows. 

The occupants in the truck were trapped, and crews needed to use a raft to access and rescue them. 

The aggressive low pressure system will ease by Tuesday afternoon as it slowly makes its way off shore, but not before wind gusts reach upwards of 120km/h

The aggressive low pressure system will ease by Tuesday afternoon as it slowly makes its way off shore, but not before wind gusts reach upwards of 120km/h

Pictured: Crews clear a road in Ulladulla

Pictured: A fallen tree in Ulladulla

‘Leave now, leave the high danger area and move to safety,’ a statement from the State Emergency Service read as trees fell in Ulladulla on the NSW South Coast (pictured on Monday night)

Residents in the region were told to ‘leave now and move to safety’ at 11pm as water levels rose past knee level in some areas. 

‘Leave now, leave the high danger area and move to safety,’ a statement from the State Emergency Service read.

‘Once floodwater enters low lying areas of Sussex Inlet, properties will be flooded above floor level, road access will be lost, sewerage lines and power to the area may be lost. 

‘If you remain in the area you may be trapped, and it may be too dangerous for NSW SES to rescue you.’

‘This system is weakening in trend but is still significant,’ BoM meteorologist Shuang Wang said.

Residents were told to 'leave now and move to safety' at 11pm as water levels rose past knee level in some areas (pictured, cows being rescued from flooding in Nowra)

Residents were told to ‘leave now and move to safety’ at 11pm as water levels rose past knee level in some areas (pictured, cows being rescued from flooding in Nowra)

Emergency crews have also been working around the clock to restore power to 14,500 Shoalhaven homes and businesses which were affected by the storm (pictured, SES work in Wollondilly Shire)

Emergency crews have also been working around the clock to restore power to 14,500 Shoalhaven homes and businesses which were affected by the storm (pictured, SES work in Wollondilly Shire)

The SES have recorded more than 1,000 requests for assistance since Saturday, commissioner Carlene York said, including 560 calls from the northern and central coast areas (pictured, a flooded road near the Hawkesbury River on Monday)

The SES have recorded more than 1,000 requests for assistance since Saturday, commissioner Carlene York said, including 560 calls from the northern and central coast areas (pictured, a flooded road near the Hawkesbury River on Monday)

‘By evening there will only be a remnant along the coast as it moves east.’

Sunshine will return to Sydney by Wednesday, Ms Shuang said, with a maximum of 19 degrees and a ten per cent chance of rain.

Earlier BoM said multiple locations across NSW’s south east had recorded more than 100mm of rain in the past 24 hours, contributing to the flash flooding.

The SES have recorded more than 1,000 requests for assistance since Saturday, commissioner Carlene York said, including 560 calls from the northern and central coast areas.

‘The weather conditions have created some risk for our community, particularly in relation to damaged roofs, fallen trees and an increased call for sandbagging across the coastal areas,’ Ms York told reporters on Monday.

Endeavour Energy said more than 200 electrical hazards were reported on its network in the region on Monda (pictured, crews working at a home in Glenwood on Monday night)

Endeavour Energy said more than 200 electrical hazards were reported on its network in the region on Monda (pictured, crews working at a home in Glenwood on Monday night)

Crews attended a home in Glenwood which had sustained major structural damage & flooding due to the wild weather (pictured on Monday night)

Crews attended a home in Glenwood which had sustained major structural damage & flooding due to the wild weather (pictured on Monday night)

SES volunteers from Kiama rescued six cows from floodwaters south of Nowra (pictured on Monday)

SES volunteers from Kiama rescued six cows from floodwaters south of Nowra (pictured on Monday)

‘We expect some increased winds…that again will bring risk to trees down and perhaps wires down and impacts on electricity services.’

The SES commissioner also said more than 20 flood rescues had been performed since Saturday.

Authorities have also urged surfers in the Wollongong and Central Coast regions to avoid the water on Tuesday if possible.

A very heavy surf will likely lead to localised damage and coastal erosion, and the beach conditions in these areas are forecast to be dangerous.

The BoM have warned people to stay well away from the surf in these regions for the remainder of Tuesday. 

Footage taken at Carters Headland shows unrelenting waves already pounding the shore by 7am.   

The State Emergency Service has advised people in flood-prone areas to monitor conditions as the day progresses.

A very heavy surf will likely lead to localised damage and coastal erosion, and the beach conditions in these areas are forecast to be dangerous

A very heavy surf will likely lead to localised damage and coastal erosion, and the beach conditions in these areas are forecast to be dangerous

Our crews attended a home in Glenwood which had sustained major structural damage & flooding due to the wild weather

Our crews attended a home in Glenwood which had sustained major structural damage & flooding due to the wild weather

Residents have been urged to:

  • Move vehicles under cover or away from trees
  • Secure or put away loose items around the house, yard and balcony
  • Keep at least 8 metres away from fallen power lines 
  • Trees that have been damaged by fire are likely to be more unstable 
  • Report fallen power lines to Ausgrid (131 388), Endeavour Energy (131 003), Essential Energy (132 080) or Evoenergy (131 093) as shown on your power bill  
  • Stay vigilant and monitor conditions. Note that the landscape may have changed following bushfires 
  • For emergency help in floods and storms, ring the local SES Unit on 132 500

While wild weather ravages parts of New South Wales, Queenslanders are forecast to enjoy another sunny day as temperatures reach 22C.

Melbourne will reach 15C and will be overcast, but the city will likely stave off most of the rainfall.

Perth will reach 20C and will be grey and cloudy, with a slight chance of morning rain. 

A tabletop truck was caught in rising floodwaters overnight with water up to the windows of the car and occupants unable to drive out (pictured)

A tabletop truck was caught in rising floodwaters overnight with water up to the windows of the car and occupants unable to drive out (pictured)

SES volunteers from Kiama rescued six cows from floodwaters south of Nowra (pictured)

SES volunteers from Kiama rescued six cows from floodwaters south of Nowra (pictured)

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