Big swells and strong winds expected.
Big swells and strong winds expected. Barry Leddicoat

Destructive winds, heavy rain and damaging surf forecast

Update: A LOW pressure system just east/northeast of Coffs Harbour is expected to move slowly north today then more rapidly to the northeast this evening and tomorrow morning.

Moderate to heavy rain over the Mid North Coast district will extend to southern parts of the northern Rivers district today before easing later this evening.

Locally damaging, gale force winds are likely for the Mid North coast and Northern Rivers today, with localised destructive winds possible in thunderstorms.

Damaging surf conditions for the Mid North Coast will extend to the southern Northern Rivers late today.

Damaging winds averaging around 60 km/h with gusts of 100 km/h are likely, localised destructive winds with peak gusts of 125 km/h are possible between about Port Macquarie and Ballina in thunderstorms.

Heavy rain which may lead to flash flooding is forecast for the Mid North Coast and southern Northern Rivers forecast districts today.

Very heavy surf which may lead to localised damage and coastal erosion is forecast for the Mid North Coast forecast district and is expected to extend to southern parts of the Northern Rivers forecast district late today.

Beach conditions in these areas could be dangerous and people should stay well away from the surf and surf exposed areas.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:

  • Move vehicles under cover or away from trees.
  • Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony.
  • Keep clear of fallen power lines.
  • Don't drive, ride or walk through flood water.
  • Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
  • If you are trapped by flash flooding, seek refuge in the highest available place and ring 000 if you need rescue.

For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.

The next warning will be issued by 5:00 pm today.


Initial report, 12.22pm: THE Bureau of Meteorology has issued a gale force wind warning for Tweed and southern Gold Coast beaches.

The region can expect west to south-westerly winds to reach 25 to 30 knots later this afternoon and climbing to 30 to 40 knots tonight and early tomorrow.

Seas will be exceptionally rough, with 3m open water waves expected this afternoon and 4m late tonight.

South to south-easterly swells of 1.5 to 2.5m will develop in open waters from the south this afternoon, increasing to 2.5 to 3.5 metres during Saturday and reaching 4 to 5m offshore.

The bureau warns that wind gusts can be a further 40 percent stronger than the averages given here, and maximum waves may be up to twice the height.