Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Northern Rivers and parts of Mid North Coast and Northern Tablelands Forecast Districts.

Issued at 10:59 am Thursday, 24 February 2022.

Heavy rainfall across northeast New South Wales.

Weather Situation: An upper trough and associated cut-off low will move slowly eastward across southern Queensland through today before rotating over southeast Queensland on Friday. A surface trough near the northeast NSW and southeast Queensland coasts will deepen in response to this upper weather system through today. The trough is forecast to remain slow-moving into Friday, producing periods of heavy rainfall with embedded thunderstorms.

HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to FLASH FLOODING is forecast over areas northeast of Tenterfield, Dorrigo and Bellingen through today (Thursday) and likely to continue about the Northern Rivers on Friday. Six-hourly rainfall totals between 70 to 100 mm are likely, increasing to 100 to 160 mm over areas east of about Kyogle and Grafton.

Flood Watches, Flood Warnings and Severe Weather Warnings are also current for Southeast Queensland and Northern New South Wales. For more details, please visit www.bom.gov.au/australia/warnings/

Locations which may be affected include Tweed Heads, Lismore, Grafton, Coffs Harbour, Tenterfield, 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.
* 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.