Flood warnings are in place for the township. Picture: David Threlfo / Twitter @David_Threlfo
Flood warnings are in place for the township. Picture: David Threlfo / Twitter @David_Threlfo

‘The storm water is rising, people are worried’

RELENTLESS storms continue to lash communities in the north of NSW with residents told to prepare for heavy rainfall and possible flash flooding.

Road closures due to flash flooding in Dungog yesterday. Picture: Ben Millington / Twitter @bmillington
Road closures due to flash flooding in Dungog yesterday. Picture: Ben Millington / Twitter @bmillington

Four vehicles were pulled from floodwaters in the Hunter Region yesterday, according to the State Emergency Service, which responded to more than 750 emergency calls.

A severe weather warning remains in place for the Hunter, Mid North Coast and the Northern Tablelands.

More than 60mm fell in one hour in Dungog. Picture: David Threlfo / Twitter @David_Threlfo
More than 60mm fell in one hour in Dungog. Picture: David Threlfo / Twitter @David_Threlfo

"100mm to 200mm is expected in the warning area during Wednesday night and Thursday, with the heaviest falls contracting to the Mid North Coast and the Northern Tablelands," the Bureau of Meteorology stated.

"Some locations are likely to receive more than 200mm in a 24 hour period."

Newcastle locals avoid the torrential downpour which hit yesterday. Picture: Peter Lorimer.
Newcastle locals avoid the torrential downpour which hit yesterday. Picture: Peter Lorimer.

Locations which may be affected include Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Taree, Kempsey, Sawtell, Dorrigo, Nelson Bay, Dungog and Yarrowitch.

Since 9am yesterday Tocal has recorded 124mm of rain, Williamtown 122mm and Maintland 109mm. Dungog recorded 68mm in 1 hour yesterday morning.

Flash flooding in the Newcastle CBD. Picture: Peter Lorimer.
Flash flooding in the Newcastle CBD. Picture: Peter Lorimer.

Residents of Dungog, where three people died in the 2015 floods, have been issued with flood warnings, an SES spokesman told AAP.

The small town is a "magnet" for this type of weather, bureau meteorologist Ashleigh Lange said.

Alan Smith, of the Settlers Arms Hotel in Dungog, told The Daily Telegraph residents were remaining calm but prepared for the worst.

"The storm water is rising … people are worried after (Dungog's) history of flooding," he said.

Locals say the flood waters are rising. Picture: ABC/Twitter
Locals say the flood waters are rising. Picture: ABC/Twitter


"Everyone's keeping an eye on things and are focused on protecting what they can."

The heavy rain is forecast to move north as far as Coffs Harbour before easing on Friday, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

Flash flooding in Dungog. Picture: ABC/Twitter
Flash flooding in Dungog. Picture: ABC/Twitter

Flash flooding is possible while gusty winds are also likely to create hazardous surf conditions.

Those driving are encouraged to slow down, take extra care and avoid driving in floodwaters.

Cars plough through flash flooding over Wells St at Springfield yesterday. Picture: AAP
Cars plough through flash flooding over Wells St at Springfield yesterday. Picture: AAP
     

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