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Residents of eastern NSW urged to prepare for severe weather over the weekend


Severe weather is expected over eastern New South Wales due to a developing East Coast Low.

A low pressure trough over inland NSW will deepen and move eastwards today, reaching the coast later on Saturday.

Acting New South Wales Regional Director, Jane Golding, said as this system moves over warmer waters in the Tasman Sea it is expected to develop into an East Coast Low.

"This system will likely impact the entire NSW coast and adjacent ranges over the weekend, with widespread heavy rain and high winds that have the potential to cause riverine and flash flooding, bring trees down and cause property damage," Ms Golding said.

"At this stage, the worst of the weather is expected to be focused over the northern half of the coast and ranges on Saturday, with the southern half worst hit on Sunday.”

With a King Tide expected and huge seas creating dangerous surf conditions, significant coastal inundation and beach erosion are also likely.

A Flood Watch has been issued for numerous NSW rivers in the east. A Severe Weather Warning has been issued for rain, wind and waves. Members of the public are advised to stay tuned for updates to these warnings.

The Bureau of Meteorology and the NSW State Emergency Service have been working together in preparation for the upcoming conditions. NSW SES Acting Commissioner Greg Newton urged people to get ready now for the severe weather.

“People can prevent damage to their homes by cleaning their gutters and downpipes, trimming overhanging branches and securing or putting away any loose items around the yard or balcony," Acting Commissioner Newton said.

"With the heavy rain forecast we’re urging people to stay away from floodwater, particularly if you are driving. If you come across a flooded road, pull over and wait for the water to recede or turn around and find an alternate route.

“If people need emergency help in a flood or storm they can call the NSW SES on 132 500 but they should dial Triple Zero (000) if the situation is life threatening.”

For further information, including the latest Flood and Weather Warnings, and rainfall and radar information, go to the Bureau's website

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