Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Mid North Coast and parts of Northern Tablelands Forecast Districts.

Issued at 4:14 pm Tuesday, 5 July 2022.

The threat of localised heavy rainfall to persist about the Mid North Coast and parts of the Northern Tablelands, while easing throughout the Hunter.

Weather Situation: Onshore flow combined with an upper trough will continue to bring persistent rainfall. A coastal trough is also forecast to develop across the northeast later this evening then deepen in response to a highly amplified upper trough and associated low on Wednesday, before pushing further offshore late Wednesday.

HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to FLASH FLOODING may develop across the Mid North Coast and southeastern areas of the Northern Tablelands later this evening, continuing through Wednesday and easing late Wednesday. Six-hourly rainfall totals between 60 to 90 mm are possible, with some very isolated six-hourly totals reaching up to 125 mm.

Rainfall will further contribute to flooding already being experienced and maintains the potential for landslides.

DAMAGING WINDS are no longer expected across the warning area. However, strong and gusty winds may still provide the risk of trees toppling in softer and very saturated soils, particularly about the coastal fringe and ranges.

Various Flood Warnings and Watches are current, please refer to them at http://www.bom.gov.au/nsw/warnings/ and heed the advice of authorities.

Locations which may be affected include Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Taree, Kempsey, Sawtell and Dorrigo.

Severe weather is no longer occurring in the Hunter district and the warning for this district is CANCELLED.

Significant 24 hour rainfall to 9:00 am Tuesday:

Darkes Forest 241 mm

Lucas Heights 210 mm

Woronora Dam 188 mm

Horsley Park 178 mm

Significant wind observations:

Norah Head recorded a 95km/h gust at 12:33 am Tuesday.

Bellambi recorded 72 km/h sustained with gusts up to 95 km/h at 3:30 pm Monday.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Don't drive, ride or walk through flood water.
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* 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.
* Stay vigilant and monitor conditions. Note that the landscape may have changed following bushfires.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.