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Severe weather and flood warnings issued as storms continue in New South Wales


Issued: 12:30pm AEDT, Tuesday 29 March 2022

Widespread rain and severe thunderstorms are expected for north-east New South Wales on Tuesday 29 March. While there may be some breaks in the rain in the morning, rain is expected to build through the day and into Wednesday morning when it will start to ease.

A severe weather warning for heavy rainfall and damaging wind is current for parts of northern New South Wales and south-east Queensland.

Flood warnings have been issued for large parts of north-east New South Wales. This includes the potential for major flooding for the Wilsons, Richmond, Brunswick, Orara, Tweed, and Bellinger and Kalang rivers, including many communities recently impacted by severe weather.

With catchments in northern NSW already saturated, rivers, streams and creeks will respond quickly to any heavy, short duration rainfall and are at risk of potential flash flooding over the coming days. There is also potential for landslides and trees may fall.

Damaging wind is possible along the northern NSW coast today, prior to the low moving offshore.

A strong high-pressure system near Tasmania will bring strong and gusty winds to southern and central parts of the NSW coast on Thursday and Friday with a risk of damage near the coast due to downed trees and powerlines. Hazardous surf conditions are expected in these areas later in the week, with increasing risk of coastal erosion in vulnerable areas.

The Bureau is recommending communities in NSW and Qld to stay up to date with the latest Bureau warnings through the Bureau's website and BOM Weather app and follow the advice of emergency services.