Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Hunter and Metropolitan Forecast Districts.

Issued at 5:05 am Tuesday, 5 July 2022.

Heavy rainfall and damaging winds easing Tuesday morning.

Weather Situation: A trough over the central coast is causing moderate to possibly heavy rainfall at times. Rainfall rates are forecast to east during Tuesday morning.

Localised MODERATE to HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to FLASH FLOODING remains possible Tuesday morning over parts of the Hunter district. Isolated three-hourly rainfall totals between 40 to 65 mm are possible.

DAMAGING WINDS averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts up to 90 km/h are possible along the northern Metropolitan and southern Hunter coastal fringe, with an easing trend Tuesday morning. The damaging winds may lead to debris on roads and provide the risk for trees toppling in softer and very saturated soils.

Rainfall will further contribute to flooding already being experienced and maintains the potential for landslides.

Various Flood Warnings and Watches are current, so please refer to those flood warnings at http://www.bom.gov.au/nsw/warnings/ and heed the advice of authorities.

A separate Severe Weather Warning for Damaging Surf is also current along parts of the central coastline.

Locations which may be affected include Gosford, Cessnock, Maitland, Sydney, Dungog and Kulnura.

Severe weather is no longer occurring in the Central Tablelands district and the warning for this district is CANCELLED.

Significant wind observations:

Norah Head recorded a 95km/h gust at 12:33 am

Bellambi recorded 72 km/h sustained with gusts up to 95 km/h at 3:30 pm Monday.

Significant rainfall from 9am Monday to 4:30am Tuesday:

Darkes Forest 221 mm

Lucas Heights 202 mm

Woronora Dam 176mm

Horsley Park 175 mm

Significant rainfall from 9am Sunday to 9am Monday:

Beaumont 184.8 mm

Brogers (Brokers Creek) 184.5 mm

Mangrove Mountain 170.2 mm

Maitland 162.4 mm

Wyong 156 mm

Appin 151 mm

Gostwyck Bridge 125.5 mm

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Move vehicles under cover or away from trees.
* Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony.
* Keep at least 8 metres away from fallen power lines or objects that may be energised, such as fences.
* Trees that have been damaged by fire are likely to be more unstable and more likely to fall.
* Report fallen power lines to either Ausgrid (131 388), Endeavour Energy (131 003), Essential Energy (132 080) or Evoenergy (131 093) as shown on your power bill.
* 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.