Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 10:38 pm Tuesday, 5 July 2022.

The threat of localised heavy rainfall to continue building about the Mid North Coast and parts of the Northern Tablelands overnight and into Wednesday.

Weather Situation: Onshore flow combined with an upper trough will continue to bring persistent rainfall. A coastal trough will also continue to develop offshore 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 will continue to develop across the Mid North Coast and southeastern areas of the Northern Tablelands overnight tonight, continuing through Wednesday and easing late in the day. Six-hourly rainfall totals between 60 and 90 mm are possible throughout the warning area. Isolated six-hourly totals between 125 and 150 mm are also possible, most likely associated with embedded thunderstorms north of Kempsey during Wednesday.

If INTENSE rainfall rates are detected with thunderstorms, a separate Severe Thunderstorm Warning will be issued.

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 and heed the advice of authorities.

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

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.