Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Mid North Coast and Hunter Forecast Districts.

Issued at 10:58 am Tuesday, 5 July 2022.

The threat of localised heavy rainfall to persist across the Hunter and Mid North Coast.

Weather Situation: A trough over the Hunter district is forecast to move slowly northward for the remainder of today. A coastal trough is also forecast to develop across the northeast later this evening then deepen in response to a highly amplified upper trough and associated low on Wednesday.

Localised HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to FLASH FLOODING remains possible over parts of the Hunter district until evening. Very isolated six-hourly rainfall totals between 50 to 80 mm are possible.

HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to FLASH FLOODING may also develop across the Mid North Coast later this evening and continue through Wednesday. Six-hourly rainfall totals between 60 to 90 mm are possible, reaching up to 125 mm over coastal areas.

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

DAMAGING WINDS are no longer expected across the warning area. However, strong and gusty winds may still provide the risk of trees toppling in softer and very saturated soils, particularly about the coastal fringe and ranges.

Various Flood Warnings and Watches are current, so please refer to those flood warnings at 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 Port Macquarie, Taree, Cessnock, Maitland, Dungog and Kulnura.

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

Significant 24 hour rainfall to 9:00 am Tuesday:

Darkes Forest 241 mm

Lucas Heights 210 mm

Woronora Dam 188 mm

Horsley Park 178 mm

Significant wind observations to 9:00 am Tuesday:

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.

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.