NSW floods: Severe weather warning update

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has issued more severe weather warnings as the state prepares for an East Coast low to impact the eastern and southern coast, ranges and hinterland from tonight.

Damaging winds and heavy rainfall are expected for the metro area, Illawarra, South Coast and parts of Hunter, Central Tablelands and Southern Tablelands.

“A deepening low off the coast of northern NSW is expected to drift southward parallel to the coast on Tuesday and rapidly deepen in response to an amplifying upper trough and low. At this stage, the system is forecast to approach central and southeastern districts on Tuesday night or during Wednesday, however, uncertainty exists on its exact timing and where the most significant impacts will occur,” BOM revealed in a warning issued at 4.59am this morning.

Heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding is forecast for these areas.

BOM says intense rainfall leading to life-threatening flash flooding is possible. The bureau also hasn’t ruled out six-hourly rainfall totals exceeding 200mm.

A flood watch and multiple flood warnings are current for parts of NSW. Areas that may be affected include Gosford, Sydney, Penrith, Parramatta, Wollongong, Nowra, Bowral, Campbelltown, Batemans Bay, Braidwood, Bega and Moruya Heads.

There are also major flood warnings in place for the Tweed River, Wilsons River and Clarence River.

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