Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Northern Rivers and Lower Western Forecast Districts.

Issued at 12:22 am Monday, 28 February 2022.

VERY DANGEROUS RAINFALL OCCURRING IN NORTHEAST NSW

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce intense rainfall that may lead to dangerous and life-threatening flash flooding over the next several hours in parts of the Northern Rivers district. Locations which may be affected include Lismore, Tweed Heads, Murwillumbah, Ballina, Casino, Kyogle, Coraki, Alstonville, Brunswick Heads, Evans Head, Yamba and Maclean.

Intense rainfall increases the potential for landslides and debris across roads.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding over the next several hours in parts of the Lower Western district. Locations which may be affected include Ivanhoe.

136mm of rain fell over 3 hours up to 11.48pm at Doon Doon

133mm of rain fell over 3 hours up to 10.33pm at Dunoon

110mm of rain fell over 3 hours up to 11.33pm at Lismore (Tuckurimba)

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* Don't walk, ride your bike or drive through flood water.
* 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.
* Unplug computers and appliances.
* Avoid using the phone during the storm.
* Stay indoors away from windows, and keep children and pets indoors as well.
* Stay vigilant and monitor conditions. Note that the landscape may have changed following bushfires.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring the SES (NSW and ACT) on 132 500.