Source: Bureau of Meteorology
For people in parts of Northern Rivers, Mid North Coast, North West Slopes and Plains and Northern Tablelands Forecast Districts.
Issued at 11:28 pm Tuesday, 11 February 2020.
Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce intense rainfall that may lead to dangerous and life-threatening flash flooding over the next several hours in parts of the Mid North Coast district. Locations which may be affected include Coffs Harbour, Wooli, Woolgoolga, Sawtell and Urunga.
Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding over the next several hours in parts of the Northern Rivers, Mid North Coast, North West Slopes and Plains and Northern Tablelands districts. Locations which may be affected include Grafton, Coffs Harbour, Moree, Narrabri, Sawtell and Dorrigo.
Severe thunderstorms are no longer occurring in the Hunter, Illawarra, Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands and Central West Slopes and Plains districts and the warning for these districts is CANCELLED.
43mm of rainfall was recorded at Taralga and Tarana (Fish River) in the 2 hours to 9:15pm, 38mm of which fell in 1 hour at Tarana.
162mm of rainfall was recorded at Pacific Highway (Corindi River) in the 2 hours to 11:15pm.
101mm of rainfall was recorded at Boyles Bridge (Corindi River) in the 2 hours to 11:15pm.
The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* Don't walk, ride your bike or drive through flood water.
* If you are trapped by flash flooding, seek refuge in the highest available place and ring 000 if you need rescue.
* Be aware that run-off from rainfall in fire affected areas may behave differently and be more rapid. It may also contain debris such as ash, soil, trees and rocks.
* After bushfires, heavy rain and the loss of foliage can make the ground soft and heavy, leading to a greater chance of landslides.
* Unplug computers and appliances.
* Avoid using the phone during the storm.
* Stay indoors away from windows, and keep children and pets indoors as well.
* Stay vigilant and monitor conditions. Note that the landscape may have changed following bushfires.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring the SES (NSW and ACT) on 132 500.