for heavy rain and damaging surf
for people in the Metropolitan, South Coast, Illawarra and Hunter forecast districts
Issued at 4:16 pm EDT on Wednesday 7 March 2012.
A low pressure system will deepen in the Tasman Sea tonight and move towards the NSW coast bringing heavy rain, flash flooding and damaging waves to the southern half of the NSW coast.
Rain and thunderstorms are forecast to increase tonight about coastal parts of the Metropolitan, South Coast, Illawarra and Hunter forecast district south of Newcastle . Localised HEAVY RAIN, may lead to FLASH FLOODING in these areas.
Locations which may be affected include Sydney, Gosford, Wyong, Wollongong and Batemans Bay. The area around Wollongong and the nearby adjacent escarpment is particularly at risk.
39mm fell since 9am at Vincentia on the South Coast.
VERY HEAVY SURF will develop early Thursday morning and may lead to localised damage and COASTAL EROSION about the South Coast and Illawarra forecast districts.
Beach conditions in these areas could be dangerous and people should stay well away from the surf and surf exposed areas
The system is expected to move away from the region later on Thursday and condition should ease.
Flood Warnings remains current for several rivers. Refer to www.bom.gov.au/nsw/warnings for current flood information.
The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
- Don't drive, ride or walk through flood water.
- Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
- If you are trapped by flash flooding, seek refuge in the highest available place and ring 000 if you need rescue.
The next warning will be issued by 11:00 pm EDT Wednesday.
This warning is also available through TV and Radio broadcasts; the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 218.