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NSW coast pummelled by severe weather as flooding, coastal erosion feared

Monday July 27, 2020 - 18:14 EST
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Beachfront houses at Wamberal copped a battering today. - ABC

A coastal low is bringing damaging winds, huge swell and heavy rainfall that has caused flash flooding from the Hunter to the South Coast of NSW.



Since early on Sunday morning, the NSW State Emergency Service (SES) has responded to 1,453 jobs across the state.

The majority of calls came from the Central Coast and Mid North Coast regions (587), along with the Illawarra, South Coast and Southern Highlands (491).

These included two flood rescues in Jamberoo on the South Coast and the rescue of four donkeys who were trapped on a farm in Burradoo in the Southern Highlands amid rising floodwaters.

The dangerous low-pressure system is sitting off the Illawarra coast and has brought gusts of more than 90 kilometres per hour in some places.

The Bureau of Meteorology said while Sydney had copped a decent amount of rain — more than 115 millimetres fell in the 24 hours to 9:00am — the city was spared the worst of the weather.

Meteorologist Bimal KC said Lake Conjola on the South Coast recorded 84 mm since 9:00am while nearby Tomerong Creek recorded 82 mm and Ulladulla 75mm.



Fire and Rescue NSW said its Lithgow crews were called to assist with a kangaroo rescue after a female kangaroo became stuck in a storm drain after being swept away in floodwaters.

The juvenile eastern grey kangaroo was found uninjured and was safely removed from the drain.

She is now in the care of WIRES.

On the state's South Coast, Ulladulla recorded a gust of 113 km/h about 10:00am this morning, while Montague Island recorded a 98 km/h wind gust about 9:00am

Wind speeds of 91 km/h were recorded at Bellambi in Wollongong, Kiama and Moruya Airport.



Waves of up to 5 metres were recorded at Batemans Bay.

Sydney's Observatory Hill clocked about 72 millimetres of rainfall from 9:00am yesterday morning, while Sydney's Olympic Park saw 76.2mm.

In the Sydney basin, Wahroonga received 114mm, while Prospect, south-west of Blacktown, received 101mm.



Very heavy surf conditions are pummelling the east coast, with fears of coastal erosion reignited as .

Residents watched on nervously as workers from the Central Coast council piled up about 150 rock-filled bags to stopper the erosion from the wild seas.



The hazardous surf warning applies from the South Coast to Newcastle, and the BOM discouraged anyone from entering the swell.

"Beach conditions in these areas could be dangerous and people should stay well away from the surf and surf exposed areas," the BOM warned.

Heavy rainfall and flash flooding have already hit Newcastle overnight, with .


- ABC

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