Sever Weather and Flood Warnings for New South Wales

March 17, 2021 Updated: March 17, 2021

Much of the Australian state of New South Wales is facing torrential rain and thunderstorms over the next few days, with severe weather and flooding expected.

The Bureau Of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for heavy rainfall for the mid-north coast from Thursday.

Towns likely to be affected include Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Taree, Woolgoolga, Sawtell, Bellingen, and Dorrigo.

As catchments are relatively full on the mid-north coast, flash flooding and flooded rivers are possible.

Heavy rain may also spread to the Lower Hunter, Sydney and Illawarra areas on Friday and Saturday, while strong and gusty winds and some larger waves may also develop from Friday.

The Bureau of Meteorology has advised residents in the above areas to move vehicles under cover or away from trees and secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony. It also warned people not to drive, ride or walk through floodwater and keep clear of creeks and storm drains if they are flooded.

They have also reminded residents to keep at least 8 metres away from fallen power lines or objects that may be energised, such as fences.

Fallen power lines should be reported to either Ausgrid (131 388), Endeavour Energy (131 003), Essential Energy (132 080), or Evoenergy (131 093). For all other emergency help in floods and storms, the bureau advises people to ring their local SES Unit 132 500 or 000 if they are trapped by flash flooding.

Residents and visitors in affected areas should monitor weather warnings in the coming days.