Severe Weather Warning for Northern Rivers.

Issued at 3:33 pm Tuesday, 2 August 2016.

HEAVY RAIN, VERY WINDY AND LARGE WAVES ON NSW NORTH COAST ON WEDNESDAY

SYNOPTIC SITUATION:
A cold front will move through northeastern New South Wales Tuesday night and as it moves offshore a low is expected to develop off the far north coast during Wednesday morning.

HEAVY RAIN which may lead to FLASH FLOODING is likely to develop in the southern parts of the Mid North Coast district early Wednesday and extend to the northern parts by the afternoon. 24 hour totals of in excess of 100 mm are possible.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h are possible along the coastal fringe of the Mid North Coast and Northern Rivers districts during Wednesday.

ABNORMALLY HIGH TIDES which may cause sea water flooding of low lying areas are expected on the Mid North Coast Wednesday night. Water levels could exceed the highest tide of the year during Wednesday evening high tide at around 9pm.

VERY HEAVY SURF which may lead to localised damage and coastal erosion is possible on Wednesday on Mid North Coast and Northern Rivers districts, particularly on south facing beaches. Beach conditions in these areas could be dangerous and people should stay well away from the surf and surf exposed areas.

Locations which may be affected include Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Taree, Woolgoolga, Sawtell and Dorrigo.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Move vehicles under cover or away from trees.
* Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony.
* Keep at least 8 metres away from fallen power lines or objects that may be energised, such as fences.
* Report fallen power lines to either Ausgrid on 131 388, or Endeavour Energy on 131 003 or Essential Energy on 132 080, as shown on your power bill.
* Don’t drive, ride or walk through flood water.
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.

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