Weather warning as storms head south
THE Clarence Valley and most of Northern NSW remained on a severe weather warning for most of yesterday with heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms rolling through the region.
The Bureau of Meteorology yesterday renewed the severe weather warning for most of the NSW coast, stating a slow-moving low-pressure trough was causing heavy rainfall, thunderstorms and flash-flooding in some areas.
The Bellinger and Orara rivers were put on flood watch on Monday night and remained there yesterday in anticipation of the heavy rainfall expected to lash the region before Saturday.
While Monday dawned with clear skies in the Clarence Valley, residents got an early taste of the low-pressure trough on Monday afternoon when a thunderstorm cell rolled through the area bringing heavy showers to many parts of the Valley and a spectacular lightning show.
More than 500 homes and businesses around the Valley were left without power during the storm after a lightning strike.
The trough has already brought heavy showers to the Valley. In the 24 hours leading to 9am yesterday, Yamba had recorded 66mm, Grafton 56mm and Lilydale 38mm.
Areas north and south of the Valley also saw heavy falls, with New Italy recording 83mm while Woolgoolga copped a deluge of 90mm.
While yesterday there was the occasional glimpse of blue sky over the Valley, Weather Channel Meteorologist Tom Saunders said the rest of the week would see periods of heavy rain continue to linger around the area.
"Almost the entire NSW coast- line can expect over 100mm of rain by Saturday, while some beaches from the Illawarra to Mid North Coast are forecast to see 200mm," Mr Saunders said.
"The rain should ease on Friday as the trough moves out into the Tasman Sea."
Last night the Bureau cancelled the severe weather warning for the Northern Rivers but said rain was expected to continue for the rest of the week.
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