The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) is predicting widespread thunderstorms and rain for the Northern Rivers.
BoM says the weather is heading for us and will most likely arrive on Tuesday and continue through to Wednesday.
Storms may bring heavy localised rainfall causing flash flooding in some araes. Riverine flooding is also a possibility in some river catchments in these areas.
The Bureau have issued an Initial Flood Watch for potential minor flooding in the Richmond and Wilsons catchment areas. Flood Warnings will be issued if Minor Flood Level is expected to be exceeded at key sites along the main rivers for which the BoM provides a flood warning service.
With the possibility of further severe storms and heavy, possibly torrential rain, NSW SES Northern Zone Superintendent Mark Elm urges residents to prepare their homes now. ‘Bring in or secure any outdoor items in the yard or on the balcony, check your gutters are clear and your roof is in good condition, trim any overhanging branches and check your home emergency kit it stocked and ready to go.
‘The next few days are going to be dangerous conditions on the roads. Please slow down and take care when driving.
‘If you come across a flooded road, please make the safe decision. Turn around, it’s just not worth the risk!’
NSW SES advise campers to avoid camping close to rivers and creeks and monitor conditions. Residents and visitors in caravan parks should prepare for forecast weather conditions.
Stay alert, listen to any updates and advice and monitor the Bureau of Meteorology website: www.bom.gov.au.