Eastern Australia is being hammered by wild weather this weekend

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The east coast of Australia is in for some extremely wet and windy weather this weekend with the possibility of flash flooding.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe weather warning for New South Wales and Queensland early Saturday morning warning those on the east coast to prepare for “damaging winds, heavy rainfall, abnormally high tides and damaging surf”.

The East Coast Low — or extratropical cyclone — is expected to develop off the southern Queensland or northern New South Wales coast late Saturday and move south on Sunday and Monday.

“This system will likely impact the entire NSW coast and adjacent ranges over the weekend, with widespread heavy rain and high winds that have the potential to cause riverine and flash flooding, bring trees down and cause property damage,” said BoM acting New South Wales regional director Jane Golding.

“At this stage, the worst of the weather is expected to be focused over the northern half of the coast and ranges on Saturday, with the southern half worst hit on Sunday.”

Winds will average 60 to 65 km/h with peak gusts beyond 90 km/h. Rainfall is expected to reach 300 mm.

The NSW State Emergency Service says they have already received 300 calls for assistance in the last 24 hours many the result of leaking roofs and fallen trees and branches.

Byron Bay, Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour, Maitland and Gosford are among the worst affected areas, with flood warnings issued for the Brunswick River Valley and the Tweed River.

On Friday, a 21-year-old woman in Queensland was rescued from the roof of her car after it had been swept away by flash flooding.

Here’s a closer look at the wet weather over the weekend.

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