The low-pressure system which delivered heavy rain and flash flooding across Sydney is set to continue through Wednesday afternoon as authorities warn people to limit travel to essential trips only.
A severe thunderstorm warning, producing heavy rainfall, large hailstones and damaging winds has been issued for the nearly the entire NSW eastern seaboard, stretching from the border at Tweed Heads and extending as far south as Nowra.
The warning includes the Northern Tablelands, parts of the Hunter and North West Slopes and Plains districts.
Thunderstorms with giant hail (larger than 5cm) is possible near the Queensland border to as far south as Port Macquarie and Taree.
Sydney’s CBD has been drenched with 120mm of rain so far today, topped only by Mosman on the north shore with 136mm.
Observatory Hill has recorded its wettest November day since 1984.
The SES has mobilised 70 crews, with up to 300 volunteers, as it prepares for more rain this afternoon, accompanied by destructive winds. Hazardous surf conditions are also likely.
NSW SES Assistant Commissioner Scott Hanckel said there’s a possibility of flash floods “pretty much anywhere”.
Emergency workers have rescued 15 people trapped in cars in flooding.
Police are warning people not to drive on flooded roads.
A Flood Watch has been issued for minor to moderate flooding along the Hawkesbury-Nepean and Georges rivers today and there’s also a flood warning current for the Cooks River.
Here’s the Bureau of Meteorology’s map of what’s happened so far today and what they’re predicting for Wednesday afternoon.
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