Weekend weather forecast: Wet weather warnings peak on ‘danger day’
New South Wales and Queensland are set for a dangerously wild weekend as wet weather hits eastern states.
A severe weather system puts the state’s emergency services on high alert as the Bureau of Meteorology announced a series of warnings and a minister issued a ‘danger day’ warning.
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The Bureau has issued a severe weather warning as damaging winds and heavy rain are expected to hit metropolitan Sydney and parts of the Hunter, Illawarra, Central Tablelands and South Coast forecast districts.
Six hourly rainfall totals of 30 to 50 millimeters are forecast across the regions, with isolated areas expected to receive up to 70mm.
As the severe weather pattern moves across the state, a series of warnings from Newcastle to Nowra and inland to Bathurst have been called out.
“A surface trough sucks in moist tropical air over New South Wales. A low pressure center is expected to deepen into the trough today and then move across the coast late today or early Sunday before moving in. move quickly off Sunday night,” the Bureau said.
On Friday, Helen Kirkup of the Bureau of Meteorology warned there was a risk of flash flooding.
After a soggy week in New South Wales, heavy falls on already saturated ground would increase the risk of landslides and falling debris on roads, Kirkup said.
Flash flood warnings are also in place for parts of western Sydney, as well as the following catchments: Nepean, Hawkesbury, Namoi, Macquarie, Bogan, Lachlan, Murrumbidgee, Murray, Edward, Culgoa, Birrie, Bokhara , Warrego, Paroo, Barwon, Darling and Macintyre Rivers.
“We are expecting a difficult weekend, the SES is already reallocating resources to where the high risk areas are,” said New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet.
Damaging winds are forecast for metropolitan Sydney and the Illawarra coast from Saturday to Sunday morning, with winds of 60-70km/h and maximum gusts of over 90km/h.
Strong gale force wind warnings for Sunday have been issued for the Hunter Coast, Sydney Coast and Illawarra Coast.
Strong wind warnings throughout the weekend were also called for closed Sydney waters, the Coffs coast, the Macquarie coast, the Hunter coast, the Sydney coast, the Illawarra coast and the Batemans coast, Byron coast and Eden coast.
The SES advises residents of affected areas to move vehicles under cover or away from trees, secure or move loose objects around your home and property, and keep at least eight meters of downed power lines.
Free sandbags for high-risk areas
The state emergency operations center has opened in Homebush, NSW Police said on Saturday, so experts can monitor the situation and coordinate a whole-of-government response.
Bathurst 1000 campers have been warned of muddy, stormy and potentially dangerous conditions, with heavy falls expected on Mount Panorama on Saturday and Sunday.
Up to 100mm could fall on the expected tens of thousands of fans, potentially leading to flooding along the Macquarie River in Bathurst.
Free sandbags are available in the town, while volunteers check in with residents and tourists camping near the river.
NSW Emergency Services Minister Steph Cooke warned of the weather ahead, saying Saturday was ‘danger day’, and urged residents to take the forecast seriously .
“The risk of complacency is always something that worries us,” Cooke said.
NSW Deputy Premier Paul Toole added that if residents get a knock on their door and are told to evacuate “do it right away”.
“We don’t want you to actually think ‘I’ll do it overnight,'” Toole said.
On the Hawkesbury where SES’s efforts are focused, residents are hoping for the best.
“In the last flood, my house sank, just because of that,” Richmond resident Rob Buchanan told 7NEWS.
“I think we’re anxious, tomorrow is a big day, a big concern,” Richmond resident Gendy Parry-Okeden told 7NEWS.
Hail and storms predicted for Queensland
Queenslanders in the southeast of the state will also suffer severe blows, with the Bureau forecasting damaging winds, large hail and heavy rain.
Cunnamulla, Quilpie and Windorah are prepared to suffer the consequences.
Moderate flood warnings have been issued for the Bulloo and Paroo rivers, and minor flood warnings are set for the Barcoo and Cooper Creek rivers, the Bokhara river, the Macintyre river and the Weir river.
Catchments in the southern interior of Queensland are under flood watch.
The Bureau says that the rain in the region, which has been rising since Thursday, will reach its peak on Saturday.