Lennox Head's main street during an intense downpour on Sunday, March 22, 2015.
Lennox Head's main street during an intense downpour on Sunday, March 22, 2015. Cath Flannery

Have paddle, water in main street, will travel

UPDATE 8.50pm: THE severe weather forecast for the Northern Rivers today appears to have spent itself without excessive drama and a little bit of fun for some of the people who experienced it.

The Bureau issued a cancellation notice on the severe weather warning for the North Coast late this afternoon, saying the low pressure trough was weakening as the high pressure system moving across the continent dominated it.

The clash between the systems produced some solid rain through the day, notably at Lennox Head where two readers shared images of the extreme weather on The Star's Facebook page.

Cath Flannery shared a dramatic image of a man riding a stand-up paddle board down Lennox Head's main street while Tarja Kelly shared an image of the deluge, which she said delivered 42mm of rain in only half an hour.

Tarja Kelly shared this image of the deluge at Lennox Head on Sunday, March 22, 2015. She says she measured 42mm of rain in 30 minutes.
Tarja Kelly shared this image of the deluge at Lennox Head on Sunday, March 22, 2015. She says she measured 42mm of rain in 30 minutes. Tarja Kelly

And while the wet weather may have tuckered itself out for today, it hasn't entirely given up the fight.

The Bureau is forecasting a high chance of showers Monday morning and afternoon with a chance of a thunderstorm in the morning.

At the same time the temperatures will be returning to warm and sticky, reaching the mid-to-high 20s through the day before progressing to flat-out hot and humid with the odd shower through the rest of the week.

Welcome to autumn on the Northern Rivers.

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There are blue skies along the Northern Rivers coast but the Bureau still says we can expect heavy rain, thunderstorms, and possible flash flooding.
There are blue skies along the Northern Rivers coast but the Bureau still says we can expect heavy rain, thunderstorms, and possible flash flooding.

UPDATE 11.50am: THE Bureau of Meteorology has confirmed a severe weather warning for the Northern Rivers, despite what appears to be an emerging sunny day along the coast.

In its latest warning, the Bureau says the North Coast is facing heavy rain and thunderstorms from the mixing of a low pressure system off the coast and a high pressure system moving across from the Great Australian Bight.

The expected rainfall is expected to be strong enough to create a risk of flash flooding on the Northern Rivers and Mid-North Coast. However, current observations show heavy rainfall restricted to Port Maquarie and Taree.

 

UPDATE: A SEVERE weather warning for the NSW North Coast is now warning of possible flash flooding on the Northern Rivers.

The initial warning, issued just after 4am, forecast heavy rain on the Northern Rivers and Mid-North Coast with the heaviest falls and potential flash flooding occurring on the Mid-North Coast.

An updated weather warning, issued just after 8am, still says the heaviest rains will fall on the Mid-North Coast, but now says there is potential for flash flooding on the Northern Rivers as well.

Lightning over Casino, March 21, 2015.
Lightning over Casino, March 21, 2015. Dee Hartin

INITIAL REPORT: A SEVERE weather warning has been issued for the Northern Rivers and the Mid-North Coast.

The Bureau of Meteorology says the NSW North Coast can expect a day of heavy rain and thunderstorms as a low pressure trough off the coast and a high pressure system moving across from Bass Strait run into each other. 

In a warning issued just after 4am, the Bureau says the heaviest rain is likely to fall on the Mid-North Coast, where flash flooding may happen.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:

  • 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.



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