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Severe thunderstorms and heavy rainfall expected for parts of New South Wales


Issued: 4:00pm AEDT Wednesday 23 March 2022

Severe thunderstorms are expected across New South Wales and may bring widespread moderate rainfall to previously flood-impacted areas in New South Wales, from Wednesday and into the weekend.

Severe thunderstorms are possible for north-eastern New South Wales over the coming days. Localised heavy rain, gusty winds and hail are all possible.

With catchments remaining saturated from recent rainfall events, there is an increased risk of flash flooding and renewed river rises. This is particularly true for areas of the Hunter, Mid North Coast and Northern Rivers.

Water from inland Queensland is still moving south into northern New South Wales along the Birrie, Bokhara and Narran rivers.

Along the Narran River, moderate flooding is currently occurring at Angledool. This may reach major flood levels on the weekend.

A Flood Watch has been issued, noting minor flooding may occur from Thursday along the Bellinger and Kalang, Nambucca and Upper Macintyre (Severn) rivers. Landslips and fallen trees are also possible due to recent flooding.

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

Audio news grabs featuring Senior Meteorologist Jonathan How are available for download and use here.