Residents have been asked to vacate low-lying properties in Kempsey CBD, Port Macquarie, Lower Macleay and parts of the central north coast as widespread and persistent rain moves south towards Sydney.
The forecasted rainfall in Sydney for Saturday rose to 150 to 200 millimeters in Penrith and Richmond, to 150 millimeters in Parramatta, Liverpool and Campbelltown and to 120 millimeters in the city and in Bondi on Friday evening.
The NSW State Emergency Service (SES) has on Issued four evacuation orders for communities in and around the central north coast Friday.
The SES issued an evacuation order for people in low-lying properties in Kempsey CBD saying, « Once the flood is 6.6 meters on the Kempsey gauge happens, the Kempsey CBD levee can go over the top and the streets will close. ”
Earlier that night, she issued an evacuation order for people lower down en plots in Port Macquarie to leave the “high risk” area on Friday at 8pm.
“As soon as the flood on the Port Macquarie settlement point indicator passes 1.75 [meters], a significant number of Properties flooded, « said the SES.
Another evacuation order, also on Friday at 8 p.m., was issued for low-lying areas in North Haven, Dunbogan, Diamond Head and coastal areas of Laurieton on the central north coast of New South Wales.
Heavy rain has flooded the central north coast, causing the SES to order the evacuation of a number of towns.
« Once the floods pass the moderate level at the Laurieton measurement roads around North Haven, Dunbogan and Diamond will Head and the coastal areas of Laurieton Roads are gradually closing, « said the SES.
Another evacuation order has been issued for low-lying properties on Lower Macleay, urging residents e to evacuate by 8:30 p.m.
« As soon as the high tide passes 6.3 meters on the Kempsey Lane on the Kempsey Streets, it will begin to close, » said the SES.
In Port Panthers in Evacuation centers have been set up in Port Macquarie, Laurieton United Services Club and Kempsey Showgrounds.
Lola and Gilbert Hickey from Bulli were caught evacuating in the middle of their two-week vacation on the Hastings River in Port Macquarie.
« We have a cabin in the Riverside Caravan Park, « said Ms. Hickey on Friday night. « We watched the river come up all afternoon. »
The couple who planned to go to the Port Macquarie races before the washout have been evacuated to a higher level and will stay at the park’s motel for the night other guests.
« They came and warned us all and advised us to come out because it’s not good to try in the middle of the night. [It’s] a bit of excitement. Don’t worry. »
Sharon Jones, who lives on Settlement Point Road in Port Macquarie, said the rain fell « heavily » on Friday.
She was planning to spend the night in her two-story house with her animals and her neighbor, who lives in a « very low-lying house ».
« There are a lot of logs, trees, markings and a lot of different things floating down the river, » she said around 7pm, noting that the tide was still low . « There’s not much left of the road in front of my house. »
Ms. Jones said the last flood was in 2011 and « not even halfway up the driveway. »
« It’s always on little adrenaline rush, « she said. « We’ve been through cyclones in Cairns, nothing like cyclone panic, but when we get flooded we’re just stuck in the house until we can get out. » It is what it is. «
A severe weather warning for the central north coast and parts of the hunter was extended to the districts of Sydney, Illawarra and Central Tablelands on Friday at 4:40 pm.
Heavy rains likely to result in flash floods , are forecast « in the next 24 hours, » according to the Bureau of Meteorology.
« The focus of heavy rain [on Friday night] is expected to be between Kempsey and Bulahdelah (including the adjoining inland areas) and overnight or relocate to eastern parts of Hunter District early Saturday morning, « the office said.
» On Saturday the focus is expected to be between Newcastle and Kiama, including Sydney and the Blue Mountains. There may be periods of heavy rainfall that possibly lead to life-threatening flash floods. ”
On Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Utungun recorded 235.5 millimeters, Bowraville 171 millimeters, including 124 m millimeters within an hour, and 99.8 millimeters in Port Macquarie.
On Friday there was severe flooding in Macksville and Bowraville on the Nambucca River, in Kindee Bridge and Wauchope on the Hastings River and in Logan Crossing on the Camden Haven River, and major flood warnings were also issued for the Gloucester and Hastings rivers.
Earlier on Friday, Bureau of Meteorology chief forecaster Neale Fraser said that on Saturday in the Sydney, Illawarra, Blue Mountains, Hunter and Mid North Coast could fall a range of 60 millimeters to about 180 millimeters.
He said Friday’s passing showers were sort of a « break » for the city before a « pretty wild night » and a « very wet » start into the weekend with widespread, persistent rain.
« Mixed in with that we could see some thunderstorms, » said Fraser, adding, « no break is likely, probably until m at least Wednesday « .
NSW Secretary of Transportation Andrew Constance said further disruption to Sydney’s public transport network was inevitable with the arrival of the predicted » rainbomb « .
» You know, because of the nature of the impending rain event will cause disruption to the entire network, « he said. « We’ve seen it in the past 24 hours [and] more is to come. »
Justin Robinson, the office’s flood manager, said Warragamba Dam, Sydney’s largest water reservoir, could overflow as it is 97 .5 percent full.
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