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April 15, 2021

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Heavy rain is forecast across the region over Friday and the weekend. Photo Jeff 'Astaire' Dawson
Heavy rain is forecast across the region over Friday and the weekend. Photo Jeff ‘Astaire’ Dawson

Cyclone Marcia is on the way and is expected to cross the coast tonight somewhere between St Lawrence and Double Island Point on the Queensland central coast.

Whatever category she is when she reaches the northern rivers, we’re in for very wet weather, high tides and rough seas.

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Echonetdaily encourages our readers to follow SES advice tidy up around your house and make sure you are stocked up if you live in a flood zone.

And when the rain starts falling, grab your camera, take a photo (so long as it is safe to do so, of course) and email us the results.

Send your photos (with a caption) to [email protected] or post them on our Facebook page.

A trough associated with Tropical Cyclone Marcia over the Coral Sea is expected to deepen over northeast New South Wales later Thursday and Friday.

Rain which may lead to flash flooding is forecast for the northern rivers forecast district, as well as northern parts of the mid north coast and eastern parts of the northern tablelands forecast districts during Friday.

The Bureau of Meteorology says there is a 70 per cent chance of flooding in the Tweed, Brunswick, Richmond, Wilsons and Clarence valleys on the north coast as well as the Bellinger and Nambucca valleys on the mid north coast.

And there is up to a 20 per cent chance of major flooding in these areas, the BoM predicts.

Up to 160 mm of rain is expected to fall across the region in the next 24 hours, with major falls expected from tonight (Thursday).

Stay high and dry

Heavy conditions are expected from Friday and look set to continue through to Sunday night, according to Life Saving NSW. Swells with peaks of up to four metres are expected between the Queensland border and Smoky Cape on the state’s mid north coast propelled by east to north-easterly winds.

Some beaches may be closed due to hazardous conditions. Check the Beachsafe website for up-to-date beach information.

Meanwhile Byron Shire Council director of infrastructure services, Phil Holloway, is urging residents and visitors to take extreme care when visiting the shire’s beaches and take notice of signage at beach accesses over the coming days.

‘The severe weather, east coast low and king tides, could result in rough and dangerous conditions and see our beaches closed due to coastal erosion,’  he said..

‘Whilst currently our beach profiles have a healthy amount of sand present, this could change quickly.’

Mr Holloway said staff would be monitoring the beach accesses over the coming days and put signage in place if the beach accesses needed to be closed.

‘Even when the weather has eased, check the tides to make sure it is low and the access to the beach is available,’ Mr Holloway said.


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