Flood watch and gale warning issued as rain pounds region
THE SES is warning Northern Rivers residents to brace for strong winds, heavy rain and damaging surf conditions over the next two days.
The current weather conditions are caused by a low pressure trough off the NSW Far North Coast that should begin to move away from the coast tomorrow and Wednesday.
A flood watch has been issued by the Bureau of Meteorology for the Wilsons River and a gale warning has been issued for coastal waters around Byron Bay.
Rain will continue today across the region with the heaviest falls of 50 to 100mm predicted along the coastal fringe.
Motorists are advised to take extreme care on the roads and never drive, ride or walk through floodwater.
NSW SES advises people to:
- Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony
- Move vehicles under cover or away from trees
- Keep clear of fallen power lines
- Don't drive, ride or walk through flood water
- Boating on floodwaters is extremely dangerous due to strong currents, hidden snags and rock
- Farmers and other landholders should keep a watch on their streams and be prepared to move pumps, equipment and livestock to higher ground.
- Residents and people camping near their ocean should regularly check for erosion or inundation by sea water.
For emergency assistance relating to storms and floods, call the NSW SES on 132 500.
Further warnings and weather updates can be found on http://www.bom.gov.au/nsw/warnings/