Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 11:57 am EDT on Tuesday 8 March 2022

Flood Watch Number: 20

FLOOD WARNINGS ARE CURRENT FOR NSW COASTAL RIVERS FROM THE NSW NORTHERN RIVERS TO THE SOUTH COAST INCLUDING GREATER SYDNEY

A low pressure system is expected to deepen and develop into an East Coast Low near the Hunter Coast and track south during Tuesday. This system is forecast to bring heavy to locally intense rainfall across the central and southern coast and ranges.

Flood warnings are current for NSW coastal rivers from the NSW northern rivers to the south coast including Greater Sydney.

A Severe Weather Warning is current for people in Hunter, Metropolitan, Illawarra, South Coast and parts of Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands and Snowy Mountains Forecast Districts.

The weather system is expected to cause local and riverine flooding for the catchments listed from Tuesday. Flood classes (minor, moderate, major) are only defined for catchments where the Bureau provides a flood warning service. This list does not include catchments where flood warnings are current.

Catchments likely to be affected include:

Newcastle Area
Central Coast
Upper Coxs River
Macdonald River
Northern Sydney
Southern Sydney
Parramatta River
Cooks Riverminor flooding
Illawarra Coast
Clyde River
Tuross River

Flood warnings are current in the following catchments: Richmond, Clarence, Orara, Bellinger, Macleay, Hastings, Manning, Paterson, Williams, Hunter, Wollombi, Tuggerah Lake, Hawkesbury Nepean, Colo, Georges, Shoalhaven, St Georges Basin, Moruya, Bega, Lower Macintyre River, Barwon, Paroo, Lachlan and Snowy.

For the latest flood and weather warnings see www.bom.gov.au/nsw/warnings/

For the latest rainfall and weather forecasts see www.bom.gov.au/australia/meteye/

For the latest rainfall and river level information see www.bom.gov.au/nsw/flood

Flood Safety Advice:
This Flood Watch means that people living or working along rivers and streams must monitor the latest weather forecasts and warnings and be ready to move to higher ground should flooding develop.

Flood Warnings will be issued if Minor Flood Level is expected to be exceeded at key sites along the main rivers for which the Bureau of Meteorology provides a flood warning service.

Severe Weather Warnings will be issued or updated if very heavy rain is forecast or observed.

For more information on the Flood Watch Service: http://www.bom.gov.au/water/floods/floodWarningServices.shtml

FloodSafe advice is available at www.ses.nsw.gov.au

For emergency assistance call the SES on telephone number 132 500

For life threatening emergencies, call 000 immediately

Rainfall and River Conditions Map