Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Mid north coast braces for more severe weather

Thursday February 21, 2013 - 13:23 EDT

Extra State Emergency Service volunteers are on their way to the mid north coast to help respond to a severe weather event.

For the second time in less than a month the region from the Clarence river south is facing widespread flooding.

The department of Primary Industries says farmers and other residents along the coastal strip from southern Queensland to the Hunter could also be affected.

Spokesman Simon Oliver said people should be preparing now.

"It looks like it's coming in through tonight and tomorrow.

"It's quite a slow moving East Coast Low.

"The centre of it seems to be around the Grafton-Coffs Harbour area, which seemed to be the heaviest hit some three weeks ago.

"Generally 100 up to 300 mlls, patchy heavy falls in amongst that.

"The last event fell on a dry catchment and we still got flooding, so this event with a similar rainfall amount if not higher, is falling on an already saturated catchment."

The chance of flooding across the mid north coast has been upgraded.

The Weather Bureau is warning of possible moderate flooding of the Coffs Creek at Coffs Harbour and major flooding of the Bellinger river.

From tomorrow there is also likely to be moderate flooding in the Clarence and major flooding of the Nambucca, Macleay and Hastings rivers.

Coffs Harbour Bureau manager Ashley Wilson said strong winds and big seas are also forecast.

"We're keeping a close eye on this low which is near stationary at the moment but we are expecting that to move west to south west today into Friday," she said.

"We are expecting some heavy rainfall in the northern rivers and down into the Coffs Harbour area later today.

'Up to 300 millimetres over the next couple of days expected and possibly more."


- ABC

© ABC 2013

More breaking news

Sydney Morning Herald
ABC News
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Cyclonic Queensland surf hits its peak today, Gold Coast beaches still closed

18:58 EDT

Cyclonic swells have peaked along southern Queensland beaches today, with conditions this morning described as "good as you can get" for experienced surfers.

Tropical Cyclone Kelvin weakens, but heavy flooding cuts off Great Northern Highway

18:39 EDT

A cyclone which brought damaging winds and heavy rain to northern WA has weakened to a tropical low, but there are fears flooding affecting a major supply road could impact food delivery in the region.

Brief relief from the heat in eastern NSW

16:44 EDT

Sydney will have one of its coolest days so far this year on Tuesday as a southerly change affects eastern NSW.