Residents have been asked to evacuate low-lying plots in Port Macquarie, Lower Macleay and parts of the central north coast as widespread and persistent rain is moving south towards Sydney

The forecast 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 Bondi on Friday evening

The NSW State Ambulance Service has issued an evacuation order for people in lower-lying properties in Port Macquarie who are due to leave the “high risk area” at 8:00 p.m. on Friday

“Once the flood has passed 175 [meters] on the Port Macquarie settlement point indicator, a significant number of properties will be inundated,” the SES said

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

“As soon as the floods pass the moderate levels at the Laurieton measurement roads around North Haven, Dunbogan and Diamond Head and the coastal areas of the Laurieton roads will begin to close,” the SES said

A third evacuation order was issued for low-lying properties on Lower Macleay, requiring residents to evacuate by 8:30 a.m.

“Once the flood passes 63 meters on the Kempsey gauge on the Kempsey roads will gradually close,” said the SES

Heavy rain has inundated the central north coast, causing the SES to order the evacuation of a number of citiesCredit: Nine

Evacuation centers have been set up at Port Panthers in Port Macquarie, the Laurieton United Services Club and the 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 have seen 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 be spending the night at the park’s motel with 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. Not a good worry”

Sharon Jones, who lives on Settlement Point Road in Port Macquarie, said the rain was “heavy” on Friday

She planned 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 lots 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 of the road left in front of my house ”

Ms. Jones said the last flood was in 2011 and “didn’t even come halfway up the driveway”

“It’s always an adrenaline rush,” she said, “We’ve been through cyclones in Cairns, it’s nothing near cyclone panic, but when we get flooded we are just stuck in the house until we can get out”It is what it is”

A severe weather alert for the central north coast and parts of the hunter was extended to 4:00 p.m. Friday at 40:00 p.m., including the boroughs of Sydney, Illawarra and Central Tablelands

Heavy rains, likely to cause flash floods, are forecast “in the next 24 hours,” according to the Bureau of Meteorology

“The focus of the heavy rain [on Friday night] is expected to be between Kempsey and Bulahdelah (including the adjoining inland areas) and to shift to eastern parts of the Hunter district overnight or early Saturday morning,” the office said / p>

“On Saturday the focus is expected to be between Newcastle and Kiama, including Sydney and the Blue Mountains. Heavy rains may occur which could lead to life-threatening flash floods”


Between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday, Utungun recorded 2,355 millimeters, Bowraville 171 millimeters, including 124 millimeters within an hour, and 998 millimeters in Port Macquarie

On Friday there was severe flooding in Macksville and Bowraville on the Nambucca River, at Kindee Bridge and Wauchope on the Hastings River, and at Logan Crossing on the Camden Haven River, and major flood warnings were also issued for the Gloucester and Hastings Rivers / p>

Earlier Friday, Neale Fraser, senior forecaster for the Bureau of Meteorology, said the Sydney, Illawarra, Blue Mountains, Hunter and Mid North Coast area could fall from 60 millimeters to about 180 millimeters on Saturday. p>

He said Friday’s passing showers were sort of a “break” for the city before a “pretty wild night” and a “very wet” start to the weekend with widespread, persistent rains

“Mixed in we could see some thunderstorms as well,” said Fraser, adding, “No break is likely, probably until at least Wednesday”

Andrew Constance, NSW Secretary of Transportation, said further disruption to Sydney’s public transport network was inevitable with the arrival of the predicted “rainbomb”

“Do you know that due to the nature of the impending rain event, there will be disruption across the network,” he said, “We have seen it in the past 24 hours [and] more to come”


The office’s flood manager Justin Robinson said Warragamba Dam, Sydney’s largest water reservoir, could overflow since it’s 97 years old, 5 percent full

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