A dangerous thunderstorm warning is in place for most parts of central and eastern NSW with impending heavy rain set to cause flash flooding.
Some of the locations likely to be affected include Gosford, Sydney and Newcastle.
NSW has been hit by six days of extreme weather that even caused a giant sinkhole to open up on a suburban street along Coffs Harbour.
Apparently, a pipe beneath the pathway collapsed due to the weight exerted by the sodden soil.
According to the spokeswoman for the Coffs Harbour City Council, “the road is open and we’re expecting it to be fixed by mid-next week.”
Lismore has recorded 92mm of rainfall in just two hours with more expected.
This follows a wild low-pressure trough in parts of the northern NSW coast and which ended up hitting the Mid-North Coast and the Northern Rivers at the Queensland border all the way to Forster.
The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has cancelled a severe weather warning that was in place for most parts of New South West’s north coast.
However, showers have been forecast in Mid-North Coast, with a series of downpours likely to extend to the Northern Rivers.
Areas set to bear the brunt of the bad weather include Ballina, Maclean, Yamba, Coffs Harbour, Dorrigo, Byron Bay, Port Macquarie, Sawtell and Woolgoolga.
In other regions, the BOM has given a severe weather warning for heavy rain across the South Coast and various parts of the Snowy Mountains.
The severe weather is set to soak the entire Ulladulla all the way to the Victorian border, as more local rainfall and thunderstorms are forecast.
A wide low-pressure trough is delivering moist and air mass into the state particular from off the coast, though it’s different from the one in the north.
“Heavy rainfall may lead to localised flash flooding about the South Coast district today, mainly this morning, and is expected to ease by Thursday,” the weather Bureau has warned.
Areas set to be battered by the extreme weather include Eden, Batemans Bay, Bega, Narooma, Bodalla, Merimbula and Moruya Heads.
The BOM added that the rains and thunderstorms being recorded north of the state would linger on for the next few days, increasing the risk of flash flooding.
“Rainfall rates could be locally enhanced with thunderstorms, leading to the possibility of very heavy rain and dangerous flash flooding along coastal areas,” a spokesperson said.
Flood warnings are also in place for the Bellinger, Wilsons, Kalang, Hastings, Macleay, Nambucca, Orara, Richmond Rivers and Camden Haven.
A flood watch remains for the rest of the river catchments along the Northern Rivers and the Mid-North Coast.
Rain catchments have received 142mm at Coffs Harbour and a whole 182mm at Maria River from 9:00 am on Tuesday.
Several significant wave heights of about 5 metres have been recorded in Tweed Heads offshore with the highest wave height measuring at least 10m being experienced on Monday and overnight.
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