SES Urges Eastern NSW to Prepare for Rain and Wind

04/10/2018 02:09 PM

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, heavy rain and strong winds are expected in the east of New South Wales in coming days. This is as a low pressure transits the State. A coastal low may form increasing rain and wind, especially over the central part of the coast and in the Hunter and lower Mid-North Coast.

NSW SES volunteers are on stand by for potential jobs caused by severe weather over the next few days, and are already responding in some areas. Overnight a severe storm hit Broken Hill, with wind gusting to 109km/hr and 34mm of rain that fell in a short period of time. The Broken Hill NSW SES Unit has responded to over 40 jobs including roof damage and one flood rescue of a car from flash flooding.

The focus for the NSW SES today is shifting to the east of the State with a coastal low expected to increase rain and wind, and increase emergency calls for help. The low is expected to affect the area from Kiama to Newcastle overnight with flash flooding possible. Areas near the coast are likely to be most affected.

The NSW SES urges communities likely to be affected by the rain and wind to prepare now. Simple actions carried out now van make a big difference once severe weather strikes:

  • Secure or put away loose items like trampolines and garden furniture
  • Clean gutters and downpipes, and drains around the home
  • Park your car under cover away from drains
  • As it is school holidays ensure children stay out of flood water
  • Never drive, ride or play in floodwater
  • For emergency storm or flood assistance call the NSW SES on 132 500 or 000 if it is a life-threatening emergency.

 

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