Heavy rain, flash flooding predicted

ABOVE: The Kyogle turkey in the February floods. Photo: Contributed

Heavy rain which may lead to flash flooding is predicted from early Sunday morning by the Bureau of Meteorology.

Heavy, locally intense rainfall is expected over northeast NSW.

The low pressure system off the Queensland’s Capricornia coast is forecast to develop further and move south to southeast tonight and through Sunday, October 23.

At this stage, this system is expected to remain just off the east coast, however, some uncertainty exists with its forecast position and track.

Six-hourly rainfall totals between 90‑150mm are possible. 24-hourly rainfall totals between 100‑150mm are possible, reaching up to 300mm along the coast and ranges.

A flood watch is current for the Richmond and Wilsons rivers.

Locations which may be affected include Casino, Kyogle, Evans Head, Lismore, Grafton, Yamba and Maclean.

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.

● Stay vigilant and monitor conditions. Note that the landscape may have changed following bushfires.

For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.

The next severe weather warning will be issued by 11pm tonight, Saturday, October 22.

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