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Renewed flood warnings as Sydney braces for more heavy rain

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has issued a severe weather warning for parts of NSW, with heavy rainfall forecast over southern and central New South Wales.

Heavy rainfall is forecast for Illawarra and parts of the South Coast and Southern Tablelands districts from this afternoon.

This heavy rainfall will also extend into Sydney and parts of the Central Tablelands and Hunter districts on Thursday.

The BOM says six-hourly rainfall totals between 60 to 100mm are likely, reaching up to 140mm over coastal areas.

A Flood Watch is current for parts of southern and central New South Wales.

NSW SES assistant commissioner Dean Storey has asked residents to take steps to prepare their properties before more rain arrives.

“It is likely parts of NSW including the Central Coast, Sydney, the Illawarra and South Coast will experience heavy rainfall in a short time period. This means we will see flash flooding occur where roads could become flooded quite quickly. The majority of the flood rescues the NSW SES carried out recently were for people who got caught in their cars in rising flood waters,” he said.

“Over the last six weeks, NSW SES volunteers have responded to over 31,400 call for help from across the state.”

NSW SES volunteers have performed over 2,200 flood rescues since the severe weather began six weeks ago and with more wet weather on the way, NSW SES is once again urging drivers to take care on the roads.

“Never drive, ride or walk through floodwaters. It’s too dangerous – and you never know how deep the floodwaters are, the condition of the road or how fast the water is flowing,” Storey added.

For the latest traffic information, download the Live Traffic NSW app, visit www.livetraffic.com or call 132 701.

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