Australia weather: NSW braces for three days of heavy rain as Hawkesbury-Nepean under threat


NSW is bracing for three days of heavy rain and a renewed risk of flooding as parts of Queensland copped hailstones the size of golf balls.   

The Bureau of Meteorology said an east coast low will bring a raised risk of flooding to the Hawkesbury-Nepean region west of Sydney from Sunday until Tuesday – with the weather set to ease from Wednesday.

A BoM warning for intense and heavy rain covers the entire coast from Coffs Harbour in the north to Bega in the south. 

Six-hourly rainfall totals between 70mm to 120mm are possible on the east coast on Monday. 

People look at a road cut off by floodwater at Richmond, north west of Sydney on March 3

People look at a road cut off by floodwater at Richmond, north west of Sydney on March 3

Large hail (pictured)  hammered down at Cedar Vale in Logan on Sunday

Large hail (pictured)  hammered down at Cedar Vale in Logan on Sunday 

Flood levels have already risen again at North Richmond on the banks of the Lower Nepean River after a heavy deluge on Sunday. 

The Bureau of Meteorology has also issued flood warnings in NSW for the Wollombi Brook, Hawkesbury-Nepean, Colo and Weir rivers.

These rivers may reach flood levels recorded during last week’s rain event.

The Northern Rivers region – including flood-stricken Lismore where two out of three homes will need to be rebuilt or demolished – is forecast to see heavy to intense rainfall and possibly damaging winds and hail.    

SES Deputy Commissioner Daniel Austin says volunteers are waiting with ‘bated breath’ to see what the latest east coast low brings.

‘We’re certainly on high alert from the Mid-North Coast down into the Shoalhaven,’ he told the Nine Network on Monday.

A residents felt the need to measure the hail stones as they were so massive

A residents felt the need to measure the hail stones as they were so massive 

A BoM warning for intense and heavy rain covers the entire coast from Coffs Harbour in the north to Bega in the south

A BoM warning for intense and heavy rain covers the entire coast from Coffs Harbour in the north to Bega in the south 

‘I would expect throughout today that you will see another batch of warnings and evacuation orders potentially for a number of catchments.

‘We are watching exceptionally closely a number of catchments that are going to come very close to, potentially, tops of levees … around the Hawkesbury and Central Coast and places.

‘The water hasn’t retreated yet. We’re now going to see more flooding on top of what we’ve already seen.’

Rain is causing significant travel delays with cancellations expected on most Sydney Trains, NSW TrainLink Intercity and Regional trains services on Monday.

Commuters are being advised trains will run to a changed timetable and to allow extra travel time and avoid non-essential travel.

Drivers are also being told to avoid non-essential travel on the roads. 

 Queensland’s flood death toll meanwhile rose to 12 on Monday after as a man’s body was recovered from his car after it was swept off a flooded road in the South Burnett region.

A woman, who was in the car, miraculously survived after escaping the car and clinging to a tree as at two fierce supercell storms lashed the state’s south-east.

Residents south of Brisbane shared photos of giant hailstones landing on their homes as a storm system passed over Logan, Ipswich and the Sunshine Coast on Sunday afternoon. 

The state’s flood alerts are for the Brisbane and Bremer rivers along with Warrill, Lockyer and Laidley creeks, just a week after the waterways overflowed and caused widespread devastation. 

Brisbane (pictured) will be hot with more wild weather on Sunday night with up to 50mm of rain forecast, along with damaging winds, hail and heavy rain which may lead to flash flooding

Brisbane (pictured) will be hot with more wild weather on Sunday night with up to 50mm of rain forecast, along with damaging winds, hail and heavy rain which may lead to flash flooding

Six southeast state schools remain closed:

All but six state schools in South East Queensland will reopen on Monday.

The schools that will remain closed are:

Milton

Rocklea

One Mile

St Helens

Milpera High

Aviation High 

There were reports of a tornado and large hailstones near Rockhampton in central Queensland.

Parts of the Wide Bay, Burnett, Capricornia, Darling Downs and Granite Belt have also copped a beating. 

Brisbane and Moreton Bay weren’t spared from the wild weather either after almost 3,000 homes and businesses lost power.

The city was expected to cop another soaking of up to 50mm on Sunday night. 

A minor flood warning has been issued for the Brisbane River, just days after it rose to levels just below the 2011 flood peak of 4.46m. 

‘The catchment is saturated and is likely to respond quickly to rainfall, with renewed small river level rises and some minor flooding in Brisbane River tributaries possible from late Sunday,’ BOM warned.

‘Renewed rises are likely with thunderstorms especially in the smaller creeks and tributaries as catchments remain saturated.’

It comes after four cars were destroyed by giant hailstones on the Sunshine Coast on Thursday night, just days after floods devastated the region.

The massive clean up has only just started for Queensland residents whose livelihoods were destroyed by the floods.

The Chookhouse Farmstay (pictured) near Toowoomba was inundated with hail and torrential rain on Sunday afternoon

The Chookhouse Farmstay (pictured) near Toowoomba was inundated with hail and torrential rain on Sunday afternoon

Much of Queensland coast and northern NSW (in green) are feeling the brunt of the storms

Much of Queensland coast and northern NSW (in green) are feeling the brunt of the storms

They have a long road to recovery ahead of them with the damage bill already past the $1 billion mark.

Communities near Ipswich and Gympie west of Brisbane remain cut off more than a week after the floods with 140 stranded residents still in evacuation centres, unable to return home.

‘This has really packed a punch, these floods have had a big impact on people and it’s going to take not just weeks but months for people to recover,’ Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told reporters on Sunday 

Another flood warning has been issued for the Brisbane, a week after floods cut off dozens of suburbs (pictured flooding in inner-city Auchenflower)

Another flood warning has been issued for the Brisbane, a week after floods cut off dozens of suburbs (pictured flooding in inner-city Auchenflower)

Australia's east coast has been lashed with more wild weather as the massive clean up from the floods begins   (flood damaged items and debris in Brisbane)

Australia’s east coast has been lashed with more wild weather as the massive clean up from the floods begins   (flood damaged items and debris in Brisbane)

Five Day Forecast for Major Cities 

 Adelaide 

Monday: Min 14, max 25, partly cloudy

Tuesday: Min 15, max 24, partly cloudy 

Wednesday: Min 14, max 24, partly cloudy

Thursday: Min 14, max 26, mostly sunny

Brisbane 

Monday: Min 21, max 31, partly cloudy, possible rainfall: 0 to 6 mm 

Tuesday: Min 22, max 33, sunny

Wednesday: Min 23, max 31, shower or two, possible rainfall: 1 to 8 mm

Thursday: Min 22, max 28, shower or two, possible rainfall: 0 to 5 mm

Canberra 

Monday: Min 14, max 22, possible shower, possible rainfall: 0 to 3 mm

Tuesday: Min 13, max 21, possible shower, possible rainfall: 0 to 6 mm

Wednesday: Min 11, max 22, partly cloudy

Thursday: Min 8, max 23, partly cloudy

Darwin 

Monday: Min 27, max 33, shower or two, possible storm, possible rainfall: 0 to 3 mm

Tuesday: Min 27, max 33, shower or two, possible storm, possible rainfall: 0 to 3 mm

Wednesday: Min 27, max 33, shower or two, possible storm, possible rainfall: 0 to 4 mm

Thursday: Min 27, max 32, shower or two, possible storm, possible rainfall: 1 to 6 mm 

 Hobart 

Monday: Min 10, max 22, partly cloudy

Tuesday: Min 13, max 17, cloudy

Wednesday: Min 11, max 18, cloudy

Thursday: Min 11, max 19, partly cloudy

Melbourne  

Monday: Min 15, max 24, partly cloudy

Tuesday: Min 16, max 22, cloudy, possible rainfall: 0 to 0.4 mm

Wednesday: Min 15, max 22, partly cloudy

Thursday: Min 13, max 22, partly cloudy

Perth 

Monday: Min 20, max 34, sunny

Tuesday: Min 19, max 34, sunny

Wednesday: Min 21, max 35, mostly sunny

Thursday: Min 22, max 37, mostly sunny

Sydney 

Monday: Min 21, max 23, rain, possible rainfall: 25 to 45 mm

Tuesday: Min 20, max 22, rain, possible heavy falls, possible rainfall: 45 to 80 mm

Wednesday: Min 17, max 24, shower or two, possible rainfall: 0 to 3 mm

Thursday: Min 17, max 23, shower or two, possible rainfall: 0 to 2 mm 

 

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