Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Illawarra, South Coast and parts of Metropolitan, Southern Tablelands and Snowy Mountains Forecast Districts.

Issued at 4:59 pm Saturday, 8 August 2020.

HEAVY RAIN IN THE SOUTHEAST, COASTAL WINDS TO INCREASE

A trough along the New South Wales coast is deepening today, with multiple low pressure centres likely to develop within the trough tonight and Sunday. This system is currently bringing widespread rain to the southern half of the coast, and is set to bring increased winds as the low centres develop.

HEAVY RAINFALL, which may lead to FLASH FLOODING and RIVERINE FLOODING, is forecast for the South Coast and Illawarra districts, and eastern parts of the Snowy Mountains and Southern Tablelands districts today and Sunday.

There is a risk of heavy rain lingering into Monday morning.

A Flood Watch is current for the South Coast river catchments. See http://www.bom.gov.au/nsw/warnings/flood/floodwatch1.shtml for more information.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with gusts in excess of 90 km/h, are possible along the coastal fringe of the South Coast district this evening, and on the Illawarra coastal fringe during Sunday, and the Sydney and Central coastal fringes Sunday afternoon and evening.

Locations which may be affected include Sydney, Wollongong, Nowra, Bowral, Batemans Bay, Eden, Braidwood, Bega, Moruya Heads and Bombala.

Rainfall totals for the 24 hours to 9am Saturday:

Foxground 159mm

Nowra 154mm

Broughton Creek 143mm

Port Kembla 106mm

Rainfall totals since 9am Saturday:

Broughton Creek 102mm

Hampden Bridge 99mm

Brogers Creek 88mm

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.