NEW SOUTH WALES, Australia -- The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a sever weather warning after New South Wales was lashed by record breaking rainfall on Monday. The State's North and South regions, including Mid North Coast, Hunter, Illawarra, South Coast, Southern Tablelands and snowy mountains have been warned as more rainfall will follow on Tuesday.
Reports by the authorities pointed out that the South Coast was among the hardest hit on Monday, with Bateman's Bay soaked with 117mm of rain and Moruya with 125mm, the heaviest January rainfall in those areas since 1999. The official statement by the Bureau of Meteorology also added that Nimmitabel's 109mm of rain over the past 24 hours is the most ever recorded there in January, while the Central Coast was hit with 50-70mm of rainfall. The statement added that the heavy rain would linger for the next few days before easing on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Sydney is forecast to receive up to 20mm both on Monday and Tuesday.
Even as the flood waters in Hughes Creek, near Seymour, Victoria began subsiding, flood warning remained in place for the Bega River and Moruya River on the NSW south coast with authorities mentioning that the flood levels were expected to peak overnight. They further added that even though the rain itself is expected to have subsided by Tuesday morning, there is a possibility of a potential flash flood as mid-north NSW coast and Hunter Valley are expected to get 60mm before midnight. Reports further added that the rain could cause landslides in the Snowy Mountains in NSW, and in the bushfire-ravaged towns of Wye River and Separation Creek in Victoria. A flood warning has also been issued for the NSW south cost for the Bega River.
The State Emergency Service has warned people not to enter the floodwater after a 63-year-old man drowned when his car was washed away in a flooded creek near Seymour on Monday. Motorists too have been advised to avoid travel to the area, with up to 170 millimetres of rain expected to fall in some parts of the region.