A severe thunderstorm warning was issued on Monday afternoon for parts of the Northern Rivers and Northern Tablelands.
Storms, heavy rainfall and possible flash flooding are forecast, particularly in Lismore, Casino, Kyogle, Coraki, Tabulam and Whiporie.
Lismore and Byron are forecast to receive up to 15mm of rain on Monday and 3-10mm on Tuesday, before clearing showers on Wednesday.
The status of weather warnings can be checked at: http://www.bom.gov.au/nsw/warnings/
Road closures can be checked at: https://northernrivers.myroadinfo.com.au/overview.asp
In heavy rain, the State Emergency Service advises that people should:
- Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
- Don’t walk, ride your bike or drive through flood water.
- If you are trapped by flash flooding, seek refuge in the highest available place and ring 000 if you need rescue.
- Be aware that run-off from rainfall in fire affected areas may behave differently and be more rapid. It may also contain debris such as ash, soil, trees and rocks.
- After bushfires, heavy rain and the loss of foliage can make the ground soft and heavy, leading to a greater chance of landslides.
- Unplug computers and appliances.
- Avoid using the phone during the storm.
- Stay indoors away from windows, and keep children and pets indoors as well.
- Stay vigilant and monitor conditions. Note that the landscape may have changed following bushfires.
- For emergency help in floods and storms, ring the SES (NSW and ACT) on 132 500.