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Rain to stay for around 4 days

RAIN is expected to ease in the Clarence Valley this week, although the weather bureau has issued a severe weather warning for Lord Howe Island.

Former tropical Cyclone Innis was located 450 kilometres north of the island yesterday, moving south at 40 kilometres an hour. It was expected to pass close to the island just before midnight, causing strong winds, heavy rain and flash flooding late yesterday.

Dangerous surf conditions are expected and the SES advised residents to keep clear of fallen powerlines, stay indoors away from windows, and stay clear of creeks, storm drains and causeways.

Coffs Harbour weather observer Greg Crow said cyclones were unpredictable and conditions could change.

“It's hard to say exactly where it's going,” he said.

The trough off the north coast, which caused heavy downpours at Coffs Harbour this week, has weakened. Flood warnings are still current for the Orara, Bellinger, Macleay, Manning, Hastings, Paterson and Williams Rivers.

Showers are predicted for Grafton over the next four days, easing on Saturday.



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