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With the prediction for off-shore winds and an off-shore low in the north of the State this week, the Bureau of Meteorology has advised that storms may be on the way over the next few days.

The main threat will be short bursts of heavy rain leading to flash flooding, with a severe threat mainly in the region between Grafton to Casino.

A recent thunderstorm as it took hold in Julian Rocks Road, Sunrise. Photo Dylan O’Donnell

Further showers and isolated storms to the eastern third of the state during Tuesday into
Wednesday will again bring a threat of short bursts of heavy rain leading to flash flooding.

Further Warnings will be issued by the Bureau of Meteorology if severe storms are

NSW SES Deputy Zone Commander, Superintendent Mark Elm said localised intense heavy rainfall in these areas was possible, which may result in dangerous flash flooding.

‘Locations which may be effected are the areas between Casino and Grafton at this stage,’
Superintendent Elm said.

He also said that due to previous rainfall that has hit the area, the grounds were already very wet, creating conditions that could result in floods.

‘Some areas have been saturated by previous rain, so the ability for it to absorb further
rainfall is limited,’ Superintendent Elm said.

‘This could result in increased run-off, which can cause dangerous and rapid onset flash

NSW SES is advising people to:
• Be aware of the current weather conditions and prepare for potential thunderstorm
activity, which could result in heavy rainfall causing dangerous flash flooding and
further river rises
• Be aware of low-lying areas next to water courses that might be inundated, minor
roads closed, and low-level bridges submerged.
• Monitor road conditions as they could change quickly.
• Limit any unnecessary travel during thunderstorm activity.

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