Ominous but harmless: Rain clouds hang heavily over the former Peters dairy factory in Grafton yesterday.
Ominous but harmless: Rain clouds hang heavily over the former Peters dairy factory in Grafton yesterday.

Clarence flood warning withdrawn

IN the end, all the concern about severe storm events and possible flooding in the Clarence amounted to nothing.

And you could almost hear the collective sigh of relief from emergency service workers and farmers as the system passed the Clarence without major incident.

A flood watch was still current last night for the Orara River, with the possibility of moderate to major flooding, but a flood watch notification for the Clarence, issued on Wednesday, was withdrawn.

Further to the south, Coffs Creek, the Bellinger River, Nambucca, Maclean, Hastings and Manning rivers all had current flood watch notices for flooding ranging from minor to major.

A NSW severe weather warning issued by the Bureau of Meteorology at 3.05pm yesterday said a low-pressure trough along the east coast had an embedded low-pressure centre east of Grafton. It was forecast to move slowly south along the coast overnight and move further offshore today

It forecast there would be widespread showers, rain and local thunderstorms – mostly south of the centre.

Rain intensity would depend on the position of the low.



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