February 07, 2020 08:39:09
A torrential downpour has descended on coastal areas in NSW, with massive overnight rains prompting flood warnings across several regional centres and Sydney.
- Public transport across some parts of Sydney has been delayed or diverted
- Yesterday, parts of the North Coast got more than 260mm of rain
- The SES has already received hundreds of calls for help
The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has issued a severe weather warning for heavy rainfall and damaging winds from Goulburn to the Queensland border today.
Several roads north of Sydney have been closed due to flooding and trains on the T1 North Shore line have been delayed due to a fallen tree branch.
Buses have also replaced ferries between Parramatta and Rydalmere due to the Parramatta Weir overflowing.
Yesterday, parts of the North Coast received more than 260 millimetres of rain and more is expected today and over the weekend.
Since 9:00am yesterday, the BOM recorded 266mm in Byron Bay and over 165mm in Coffs Harbour on the Mid-North Coast.
“What we’re going to expect today is that rainfall to shift further south,” said BOM forecaster Gabrielle Woodhouse.
“So we’ll start to see the focus of that rain through southern parts of the Mid-North Coast, Hunter and then into Sydney and Illawarra going into tonight.”
Sydney also already received some of the downpour with 47mm recorded at Observatory Hill and 44mm in Manly.
Further west towards Parramatta and Blacktown, some suburbs received more than 22mm.
Penrith is forecast to receive up to 100mm today and up to 150mm on Sunday, while Sydney could see up to 90mm today and tomorrow.
Flood warnings are in place across Greater Sydney with some city roads already closed due to water overflows.
Transport for NSW dispatched crews this morning to deal with flooded roads in Northbridge, Roseville and Oxford Falls on the north coast past Frenchs Forest.
The NSW State Emergency Service (SES) said it had received nearly 340 calls for assistance across the state since the rain started.
Most calls were related to water over roads, roof damage and downed trees.
“We’re looking at some high tides around this time as well, so we will probably see some significant impacts right across the east coast,” said SES spokesman Dave Webber.
The NSW Rural Fire Service said it was “over the moon” after rain fell across firegrounds last night.
It said 1,200 firefighters were still working to extinguish 42 fires 17 of those uncontained still burning across the state.
February 07, 2020 07:55:54
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