World news – Wet and wild: heavy rain, flash floods on the north coast


A flood watch is in place for the Clarence River as more heavy rain is expected to fall into the catchment area on Tuesday.

Minnie Water led the way with 256mm until 9am on Monday, followed by Nambucca Heads (209mm). Elsewhere on the north coast, Coffs Harbor was 183mm, Wooli 182mm, Woolgoolga 182mm, Grafton Airport 128mm, Yamba 115mm, Sawtell 107mm, Glenreagh 98mm, Lawrence 90mm, Dorrigo 83mm, and Nymboida 78mm.

Wooli had the most rain in the region at 43 mm on Monday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with significant falls also at Lawrence (40 mm), Yamba (37 mm), Sawtell (33 mm), Glenreagh (32 mm), Coffs Harbor (29 mm) and Grafton Research Station (29 mm).

On Monday there were moderate flood warnings for several rivers along the New South Wales coast, including the Orara, Bellinger and Nambucca Rivers on the north coast.

More than 30 roads in the Clarence Valley Council area were closed Monday due to flooding with warnings on several others and the out-of-service ferry services in Ulmarra and Lawrence.

Since 90 to 150 mm of precipitation is predicted for Grafton, 80 to 120 mm at Yamba, 50 to 80 mm at Lismore, 70 to 100 mm at Dorrigo and 70 to 120 mm at Coffs Harbor, the Bureau of Meteorology has warned that more rivers are coming Could be exposed to flooding and an increased risk of flash floods.

« In addition to the existing flood warnings, rainfall associated with a deepening low pressure trough over western NSW can cause minor to major flooding over parts of the east coast of NSW and parts of the southwest, central-west and northwest. » the Bureau of Meteorology warned.

« On Tuesday, when the trough reaches the Tasman Sea, a low pressure system can form, causing increased rain, strong winds, noxious surf and unusually high tides. »

Wet weather is expected to stop abruptly from Wednesday through at least the weekend when a drier air mass moves into the region. Maximum temperatures in Grafton will rise by 10 degrees from 23 ° C on Tuesday to 33 ° C on Wednesday.

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