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Severe Weather in New South Wales bringing potential flooding impacts


Current as at 11:00AM AEDT on Tuesday 8 March 2022

Following very intense rainfall overnight, heavy rainfall and gusty winds are expected to continue across New South Wales, including the central and southern coasts, the ranges and hinterland.

The east coast low near the Hunter Coast is likely to track south today and bring potential flooding impacts.

Tonight and early Wednesday, very windy conditions are expected near the coast including Sydney and the Illawarra. Damaging southerly swell and coastal erosion are also expected on Tuesday or early Wednesday for the southern half of New South Wales.

Due to recent rainfall, soil is saturated and river are swollen so severe thunderstorms and persistent showers are more likely to lead to landslides, flash and riverine flooding. Gusty winds are also more likely to lead to trees and powerlines falling, due to soft soils.

The Bureau of Meteorology has numerous flood warnings current across eastern New South Wales with severe weather warnings and hazardous surf warnings also current.

Thunderstorms are expected over the north-east until the middle of the week, with severe thundersotrms possible on Wednesday, while rain is expected to ease later on Tuesday and Wednesday along the remainder of the coast as the east coast low moves offshore. Flooding will continue as the water slowly recedes.

Communities should be prepared for flood impacts and are encouraged to keep up tp date with the latest forecasts and warnings on the Bureau's website and BOM Weather app and always follow the advice of emergency services.

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