Rain expected to increase later in the day

Rain is expected to increase this afternoon and into the evening according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

Heavy rainfall could develop further about the Northern Rivers and Mid North Coast districts during the afternoon.

Six-hourly rainfall totals of 60–80mm are expected with isolated falls to 120mm possible.

The heavy rainfall is expected to clear in the late evening today, Thursday, September 22 or early Friday morning.

A Flood Watch is current for the region.

Locations which may be affected include Lismore, Evans Head, Grafton, Coffs Harbour, Maclean, Woolgoolga and Sawtell.

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.

● 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.

● 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.

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