Heavy rain forecast along NSW coast

Parts of the New South Wales (NSW) coast are forecast to see periods of intense rainfall from early March 21, prompting a severe weather warning for Newcastle, the Central Coast and Lower Hunter from the Bureau of Meteorology.

In the wake of the hot autumn weather this weekend, meteorologists are now closely watching the development of a coastal trough, which is expected to bring rainfall until the end of the week.

The Bureau’s NSW State Manager, Ann Farrell, said wet conditions were forecast for areas east of the Great Dividing Range and the rainfall could become severe in some locations between Taree and Wollongong.

“Weather modelling indicates there will be some very heavy bursts of rain and 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,” Farrell said.

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

“Our primary areas of concern for tomorrow are the Central Coast, Newcastle and Port Stephens areas. Sydney, the Blue Mountains and Great Lakes are on the periphery of the worst conditions, but they are regions we will be monitoring closely.”

The Bureau has issued a Flood Watch for the Central Coast, Newcastle, Lower Hunter and Manning Rivers.
NSW SES Commissioner Mark Smethurst has urged residents of affected areas to get ready early and to act safely once severe weather begins to impact.

“If you do require emergency help due to storm or flood damage, call the SES on 132 500, or 000 if it is a life-threatening emergency,” Smethurst said.

Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy of the NSW Police Force Traffic & Highway Patrol Command is urging motorists to take extra care.