Severe weather will hit part of the NSW coast | the islander

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A severe weather warning for heavy rain, possible further flooding, landslides and high winds has been issued to all towns and communities stretching nearly 1,000 kilometers from the NSW coast.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued numerous flood warnings and also predicted possible severe thunderstorms, dangerous waves, damaging winds and hail.

“What we are facing is a very serious situation across large areas of the NSW east coast,” BOM’s Dean Narramore said on Monday.

The warnings extend to “every community and town in between and extending well inland to the Blue Mountains, Central Tablelands, Southern Highlands and possibly Canberra”, it said. he declares.

The SES ordered residents of Camden, in Sydney’s south-west, to evacuate on Monday evening due to the danger of flooding. Parts of Emu Plains, Penrith and Mulgoa in Sydney’s far west have also been told to prepare for evacuation.

For Will Potter of North Richmond, the record flooding is a grim reminder of past and future natural disasters.

“There are families who have had to rebuild their lives after the floods for three straight years now. I’m just down the road from where the fires happened in 2019,” the 20-year-old told the environmental group Getup.

“We just feel like we’re alone.”

Fire and rescue teams were dispatched to the scene of a major landslide, caused by heavy rains, in Katoomba in the Blue Mountains on Monday.

FRNSW said the rail line was also at risk as Greater Sydney braces for more rain.

State Emergency Commissioner Carlene York warned the Hawkesbury River was a major concern for Tuesday.

“We are looking at flooding similar to last week on parts of the river. In other areas it could be worse than what we saw last weekend – similar to what we saw in March. last year,” she said.

“If it’s not safe to go home, please don’t go home.”

Grounds are saturated and rivers swell, so severe thunderstorms and persistent downpours are more likely than usual to cause landslides, flash floods and river floods.

Heavy rain is expected to increase on the Hunter on Monday and move towards Sydney, Hawkesbury Nepean and spread to Illawarra and Shoalhaven.

Heavy rain will intensify in the early hours of Tuesday and continue for most of the day, Mr Narramore said.

A road weather warning has been issued for the Sydney Metro to the Central Coast and Illawarra, with a warning of heavy rain and high winds that could down trees and power lines, cut roads and cause landslides .

The warnings come as Major General David Thomae defended the performance of rescue efforts by the Australian Defense Force, which came under fire from flood-stricken communities.

“I’m so sorry for all those people who felt they weren’t supported. I totally sympathize with them,” he told reporters in Sydney.

“The scale of the devastation is extraordinary. It is something sobering for all of us.”

He said more than 100 people had been rescued from rooftops and 637 ADF personnel were in northern New South Wales. Another 656 will be dispatched by Tuesday to help with everything from food deliveries to cleanup.

Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet has apologized to thousands of people in the Rivers North whose homes and businesses were destroyed when towns such as Lismore, Ballina and Mullumbimby were flooded last week.

Many had to be rescued by fellow citizens and have since struggled to access basic necessities such as food, water, electricity, fuel, telephones, ATMs, internet and medical supplies .

“I’m so sorry…but we’re doing everything we can,” Mr Perrottet told Lismore’s Nine Network.

“Some of these areas will look back on this and say it could have been done better but … we are doing absolutely everything we can to provide care and support to those in need to get these essential supplies,” he said. he declares. .

About 2,000 of the 3,500 homes assessed so far in Northern Rivers are no longer habitable, a number that is expected to rise, increasing the need for short- and medium- to long-term accommodation.

The floods claimed six lives in New South Wales, including four in Lismore.

Australian Associated Press

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