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Stay safe: BOM issues severe weather and flood warnings for NSW coast

Damaging winds, heavy rain, and flash flooding: it seems the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM)’s predictions of a wet old winter are finally here.

Following more than 100 mm of rain in parts of NSW yesterday, a severe weather warning has been issued for the Illawarra and South Coast, as well as parts of Sydney and the Snowy Mountains.

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BOM has issued a severe weather warning for parts of NSW including Sydney as areas continue to experience flash flooding, heavy rainfall, and damaging winds.

Following widespread flash flooding across the Central Coast and Newcastle yesterday, six rescues were made. Now, coastal homes in Terrigal Beach are in danger of falling off cliffs due to erosion.

Overnight, the NSW SES attended 498 callouts, with the majority occurring around the Central Coast areas of Swansea and Wyong, and 164 in the Sydney region. This morning, they’ve put out a warning that they are still experiencing a high volume of calls.

Areas of Sydney, Wollongong, Nowra, Bowral, Batemans Bay, and Eden are expected to continue experiencing damaging winds, dangerous surf, and heavy rain throughout the day, with the rain rate expected to ease this afternoon but still remain steady. A flood warning has also been issued by the SES for the South Coast areas of Moruya and Wamban.

The weather has wreaked havoc with transport services, with trains suspended between Wollongong and Port Kembla this morning due to flooding. Elsewhere, buses are replacing ferries between Circular Quay and Manly.

The SES are advising that people avoid driving, riding or walking through water and to keep at least 8 metres away from any fallen power lines. Parked vehicles should also be moved away from trees.

If you are currently in an emergency situation call 000.