Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Northern NSW on flood alert

Friday February 22, 2013 - 07:03 EDT

Flood warnings are in place as a low-pressure system pushes torrential rain through the Northern Rivers and the mid-north coast of New South Wales.

The slow-moving low is sitting just off the Queensland border.

It has generated rainfall recordings of 50 to 70 millimetres near Lismore and Coffs Harbour overnight.

But the rain will intensify during the morning with falls likely of between 150 and 300 millimetres.

The weather bureau has issued a severe weather warning for people in the Northern Rivers, mid-north coast, the Hunter and Northern Tablelands.



Bob White, the local State Emergency Service (SES) controller in Coffs Harbour, says what worries local communities is that it is only three weeks since flooding rains last hit the region.

"The ground now is very, very wet, so any rainfall we do have is going to run off immediately," he said.

Coffs Harbour residents have already begun sandbagging local homes and businesses.

The SES has flood rescue crews and eight helicopters in the area.

Warnings for minor flooding are current for the Bellinger, Richmond, Wilson and Orara Rivers.


- ABC

© ABC 2013

More breaking news

Sydney Morning Herald
ABC News
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Thundersnow strikes Thredbo and Perisher

14:03 EST

Early this afternoon a cold front surging across the VIC/NSW border produced the rare combination of both snow and lightning.

Sri Lankan landslides, flooding kills 122, as nation appeals for international help

12:03 EST

The number of people known to have been killed in floods and landslides in Sri Lanka has risen to 122, with the country appealing for international assistance.

Early snow heading to Australian Alps

13:47 EST

A cold front is surging across southern Australia today and will reach the Alps on Sunday morning.