Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in the
Northern Rivers,
Mid North Coast and parts of the
Hunter Forecast Districts.

Issued at 3:14 pm Friday, 9 June 2017.

RAIN BECOMING HEAVY ABOUT THE MID-NORTH COAST AND NORTHERN RIVERS

SYNOPTIC SITUATION:
A low pressure trough along the New South Wales north and central coasts is deepening and rain near the coast and adjacent ranges is increasing in frequency and intensity.

HEAVY RAIN AND THUNDERSTORMS which may lead to FLASH FLOODING is developing on the Mid North Coast and far northern parts of the Hunter. Heavy rain is expected to extend across the Northern Rivers district Friday night and persist on Saturday. Rain is expected to ease in the southern parts of the Mid North Coast and far northern parts of the Hunter by Saturday morning.

Rainfall totals in excess of 200 mm are expected across broad areas of these districts over the weekend. Some catchements may receive higher. Rainfall observations may be accessed at : www.bom.gov.au/nsw/flood/

Locations which may be affected include Lismore, Grafton, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Taree and Dorrigo.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* 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.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.