Flood Watch for the Clarence

A “FLOOD Watch” was issued for the Clarence River yesterday following predictions of heavy rain along the NSW east coast between Yamba and Taree.

“During Wednesday and Thursday an upper trough will move across the State bringing showers and possibly thunderstorms to the north-east corner of NSW,” the bureau-issued Flood Watch read.

“Later on Thursday a surface low will develop off the North Coast, increasing rain on the northern half of the NSW coast and adjacent ranges with possible local heavy falls.

“The low is expected to move rapidly across the Tasman Sea during Saturday and showers will ease.”

The Clarence (minor flooding) and Orara rivers (moderate to major flooding) were listed among a group of eight rivers with a “greater than 70 per cent chance of flooding during the period Wednesday night to Saturday morning”.

A “Flood Watch” is a heads up for possible future flooding, and is not a “Flood Warning”. Across NSW about 70 per cent of “Flood Watches” are followed by flooding, the bureau’s website warned.

The Weather Channel’s senior meteorologist Dick Whitaker said heavy rain was expected to begin falling last night.

“There will be a south-easterly flow continuing across the area for the next few days.

“That’s certainly going to generate heavy rain,” he said.

“It’s probably going to go for a good two days, and totals between 50 and 100mm would be quite common, with local heavier falls because there could be thunderstorms mixed up in it as well.”

About 25mm of rain fell in Coffs Harbour yesterday between 9am and 3pm.

However, Mr Whitaker stressed there was no cause for panic.

“Stay alert, not alarmed,” he urged late yesterday.

“It’s one of these situations where we’d urge everyone to monitor the situation and any

weather warnings that are issued for their particular area.

“It looks like a prolonged wet spell. We might get it backing off a little bit on the weekend but it looks like next week is going to be wet for much of the NSW coastline.”

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