Cars have been submerged by flood waters in Lismore.
Cars have been submerged by flood waters in Lismore. Marc Stapelberg

FLOOD WARNING: Moderate flooding possible tomorrow

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UPDATE 6.15pm: MINOR flooding is occurring along the Wilsons River at Lismore where moderate flooding is possible early Friday morning.

Heavy rainfall has been recorded across the Wilson River basin with further rain possible over the next 24 hours.

Wilsons River:
Moderate flooding is possible along the Wilsons River at Lismore.

The Wilsons River at Lismore (AHD) is likely to reach the moderate flood level (7.20 m) early morning Friday with further rises possible.

Richmond River:
Minor flooding is likely along the Richmond River at Coraki and Bungawalbyn.

The Richmond River at Coraki is likely to exceed the minor flood level (3.40 m) Thursday evening. The river level is likely to reach around 4.70 metres Friday afternoon with minor flooding.

The Richmond River at Bungawalbyn is likely to exceed the minor flood level (3.00 m) Thursday evening. The river level is likely to reach around 3.90 metres Friday morning.

The Richmond River at Woodburn is likely to remain below the minor flood level (3.20 m).

Flood Safety Advice:
In life threatening emergencies, call 000 (triple zero) immediately. If you require rescue, assistance to evacuate or other emergency help, ring NSW SES on 132 500.

Slow-moving thunderstorms/showers with heavy rain in northeast and southern inland.

Severe thunderstorms or convective showers are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding over the next several hours in the Northern Rivers, Northern Tablelands and parts of the Mid North Coast and North West Slopes and Plains districts.

Locations which may be affected include Lismore, Armidale, Tenterfield, Tamworth, Gunnedah and Narrabri.

 

UPDATE 3.45pm: SEVERE thunderstorms or convective showers are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours.

Locations which may be affected include Lismore, Armidale, Tenterfield, Tamworth, Gunnedah and Narrabri.

64 mm was observed at Tuncester (Leycester Creek) in one hour to almost 12pm.

Rainfalls from 9am to 3pm:

Tuncester (Leycester Ck) - 100mm
Lismore (Dawson St) - 62mm
Dunoon - 55mm
Terania Ck - 63mm
The Channon - 40mm
Repentance Ck - 53mm
Goonengerry - 55mm
Ewing Bridge Corndale (Coopers Ck) - 51mm
Rock Valley (Leycester Ck) - 66mm
Goolmangar (Leycester Ck) - 75mm
Bentley (Back Ck) - 60mm
Doubtful Ck - 54mm
Casino - 84mm

 

UPDATE 2.30pm: WITH three flood warnings currently out along the North Coast, the weather bureau are closely monitoring potential flood activity, specifically in the Wilsons River at Lismore this afternoon.

BoM's senior hydro meteorologist, Sarah Chadwick, said the team was most interested in the result of the recent heavy rainfall over the region.

"We've been seeing rainfall of 150 to 200mm in some of those areas from a 24 hour period to 9am," Ms Chadwick said.

"With the further rain, we've had since 9am to 1pm, the highest rainfall was Tuncester at 98mm .

"We've been looking quite carefully at the Wilsons river for Lismore today and-we are expecting to update that warning this afternoon at 5pm. But it may go out sooner so I would advise people to keep an eye on that.

"There is the potential this afternoon, depending on the future rainfall, that we will add additional locations down-stream to the Wilsons river."

She said residents in the Coraki and Bungawalbin areas should be particularly monitoring the flood warnings.

"We may increase the forecast height of the floodwaters for Lismore as well," she said.

"Forecasters are still working on this to decide whether they will increase the warning from minor to moderate threshold.

"The current forecast is that we are going to near minor 7 m early Friday morning. So the question is, 'Will Friday morning cross the moderate threshold at 7.2m or not?.

"The most important thing is for people to stay out of flood water and stay safe and take precautions to look after yourself and your property," she said.

The Bureau of Meteorology has also issued a hazardous surf warning for much of the NSW coast, including the Byron Coast.

UPDATE 2.20pm: THE seriousness current weather events has prompted the SES to move their Incident Control Centre to Southern Cross University's Lismore campus.

Northern Rivers NSW SES Deputy Zone Commander Mark Somers said their alert level had been raised to Level 3 and that the Wilsons River now expected to peak at 7m on Friday morning.

However, this flood level could go even higher.

"We have expanded to a Level 3 ICC as we have taken responsibility for the area from the Queensland border to Gosford," he said.

"So we have too many people for our Goonellabah office."

Mr Somers said the SES has put in place its emergency management structure across all divisions and sectors.

"The ICC has had an influx of people to assist including those from Queensland Fire & Emergency Service,  Ambulance, Roads and Maritime Service, Police, NSW Fire & Rescue and the Lismore City Council, once they have finished their reconnaissance and Red Cross are on standby.

"We now have we have all the resources of all the agencies required to assist."

SCU Vice President, Operations Allan Morris emailed staff and students at the Lismore campus.          

"As you may know, it appears quite within the bounds of possibility that a major east coast low will trigger an extreme weather event in the Northern Rivers region over the course of the next several days," he wrote.

"As such, the University has received and accepted a request from the State Emergency Service to establish a multi-agency incident control centre on our campus, effective immediately.

"Over the course of the past hour, we have activated the centre in A Block, specifically in A2.05, A2.06, A2.14, A2.41 and A2.42.

"The University is providing access to computers, phones, security, car parking, meeting spaces and catering services.

"The Incident Control Centre will operate 24*7 and will start with some 50 personnel drawn from a range of agencies including the State Emergency Service, NSW Police Force, Australian Defence Force, Department of Health and others.

"A media centre will also be established in A Block.

"You will no doubt see emergency services personnel around the campus, for example at the Deck and Lounge and in the Plaza, so please do not be alarmed by this."

UPDATE 1.42pm: AS A precaution, Lismore City Council has closed the Lower Hollingsworth Flood Gate as well as the Gasworks Flood Gate.

This is normal procedure for when the Wilson River rises to 4 metres, which is predicted to occur at 3pm today.

Staff have also checked all of the pumps, which are in working order, and are now on standby.

The council is continuing working with the SES to monitor the situation.

UPDATE 1.20pm: MINOR flooding is likely at Lismore from this afternoon onwards. 

The Wilsons River at Lismore is likely to reach Minor Fllod Level, but could exceed that if more rain comes.

Heavy rainfall has been recorded across the Wilson River basin with further heavy rain possible over the next 36 hours.

Wilsons River:
Minor flooding is likely along the Wilsons River at Lismore.

The Wilsons River at Lismore (AHD) is likely to exceed the minor flood level (4.20 m) around 03:00 pm today. The river level may reach around 7.00 metres early Friday with minor flooding.

An Initial Minor Flood Warning has also been issued for the Brunswick River and Marshalls Creek
at Mullumbimby and Billinudgel. 

Heavy rain has fallen over the last 24 hours in the Brunswick River and Marshalls Creek.

Minor flooding is likely for both Marshalls Creek at Billinudgel and Brunswick River at Mullumbimby.

Marshalls Creek:
Minor flooding is expected along the Marshalls Creek.

The Marshalls Creek at Billinudgel is expected to reach the minor flood level (2.50 m) around 01:00 pm Thursday.

Brunswick River:
Minor flooding is likely along the Brunswick River.

The Brunswick River at Mullumbimby (Federation Bridge) was likely to reach the minor flood level (2.50 m) around 01:00 pm Thursday.

Flood Safety Advice:
In life threatening emergencies, call 000 (triple zero) immediately. If you require rescue, assistance to evacuate or other emergency help, ring NSW SES on 132 500.

* Avoid drowning. Stay out of rising water, seek refuge in the highest available place.
* Prevent damage to your vehicle. Move it under cover, away from areas likely to flood.
* Avoid being swept away. Stay out of fast-flowing creeks and storm drains.
* Never drive, ride or walk through flood water. Flood water can be deceptive and dangerous.
For more emergency information, advice, and access to the latest river heights and rainfall observations and forecasts:

* NSW SES: www.ses.nsw.gov.au

* RMS Live Traffic: www.livetraffic.com

* Latest River Heights and Rainfall Observations: www.bom.gov.au/nsw/flood/northcoast.shtml

* Latest NSW Warnings: www.bom.gov.au/nsw/warnings/

* Rainfall Forecasts: www.bom.gov.au/australia/meteye/

* BOM NSW Twitter: www.twitter.com/BOM_NSW

UPDATE 12.40pm: THE Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning with slow-moving thunderstorms and showers with heavy rain across the northeast.

Severe thunderstorms or heavy showers are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in Lismore, Tenterfield, Byron Bay, Ballina, Casino and Kyogle over the next several hours.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* Don't walk, ride your bike or drive through flood water.
* If you are trapped by flash flooding, seek refuge in the highest available place and ring 000 if you need rescue.
* Be aware that run-off from rainfall in fire affected areas may behave differently and be more rapid. It may also contain debris such as ash, soil, trees and rocks.
* After bushfires, heavy rain and the loss of foliage can make the ground soft and heavy, leading to a greater chance of landslides.
* Unplug computers and appliances.
* Avoid using the phone during the storm.
* Stay indoors away from windows, and keep children and pets indoors as well.
* Stay vigilant and monitor conditions. Note that the landscape may have changed following bushfires.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring the SES (NSW and ACT) on 132 500.

ORIGINAL STORY: THE Northern Rivers has received a soaking overnight with many locations receiving well over 100mm of rain in the past 24 hours.

The wet weather is set to continue as a low pressure trough lies over inland New South Wales, while another lies offshore.

The Bureau of Meteorology said this pattern is bringing unsettled weather to the eastern half of the state through much of this week, with the potential for localised heavy rainfall with thunderstorm activity.

How cyclone uesi is going to track over next 24 hours

 

 

Meanwhile Tropical Cyclone Uesi, which is currently located to the southwest of New Caledonia, is forecast to move southwards over the coming days.

This system is currently not expected to directly impact New South Wales but it may bring periods of increased surf to parts of the coast at the end of the week and over the weekend.

BOM has issued a marine wind warning and hazardous surf warning for the Byron coast as large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as rock fishing, swimming and surfing.

How much rain fell at your place?
Byron -
115mm
Ballina - 77mm
Lismore (Dawson St) - 80mm

Alstonville - 97mm

Mullumbimby - 124mm

Main Arm - 152mm

Evans Head - 19mm

Tweed Heads (Duranbah) - 137mm

Casino - 40mm

Forecasts for today

Showers will be heavy at times, mainly in the morning and early afternoon.

There is a chance of a thunderstorm with light winds becoming easterly 15 to 20 km/h in the middle of the day then becoming light in the early afternoon.

Daytime maximum temperatures in the mid to high 20s.

Large and powerful surf conditions in the afternoon and evening are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as rock fishing, swimming and surfing.

Flood Warnings

BOM has issued a minor to moderate Flood Warning for the Tweed River at Tumbulgum and Chinderah and a final flood warning for Brunswick River and Marshalls Creek as river levels have peaked below minor at Billinudgel and Mullumbimby overnight. 

Moderate flooding is possible along the Tweed River at Tumbulgum early this afternoon. Minor flooding may occur at Chinderah (Barneys Point).

The Tweed River at North Murwillumbah is likely to remain below the minor flood level (3.00 metres).

 

 

TWEED RIVER:

Moderate flooding may occur along the Tweed River at Tumbulgum.

The Tweed River at Tumbulgum is likely to reach the moderate flood level (1.80 m) early Thursday afternoon.

The Tweed River at Chinderah (Barneys Point) is likely to reach the minor flood level (1.30 metres) around 01:00 pm Thursday with the high tides.

FLOOD SAFETY ADVICE:

In life threatening emergencies, call 000 (triple zero) immediately. If you require rescue, assistance to evacuate or other emergency help, ring NSW SES on 132 500.

*Avoid drowning. Stay out of rising water, seek refuge in the highest available place.

*Prevent damage to your vehicle. Move it under cover, away from areas likely to flood.

*Avoid being swept away. Stay out of fast-flowing creeks and storm drains.

*Never drive, ride or walk through flood water. Flood water can be deceptive and dangerous.

For more emergency information, advice, and access to the latest river heights and rainfall observations and forecasts:

* NSW SES: www.ses.nsw.gov.au

* RMS Live Traffic: www.livetraffic.com

* Latest River Heights and Rainfall Observations: www.bom.gov.au/nsw/flood/northcoast.shtml

* Latest NSW Warnings: www.bom.gov.au/nsw/warnings/

* Rainfall Forecasts: www.bom.gov.au/australia/meteye/

* BOM NSW Twitter: www.twitter.com/BOM_NSW


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