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WEATHER: EAST COAST LOW LATEST

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We are now entering the worst period, as the east coast low reaches its peak and begins to track south along the coast. Heavy rain causing flooding, strong to gale force winds and huge dangerous seas and swell will track south overnight into tomorrow. It’s expected to reach the Hunter by Saturday afternoon. Once the centre of the low passes, conditions will ease quickly in the north. The system will clear during Sunday. Boating and surfing is not recommended, until the centre of the low passes. Read More »

WEATHER: THE LOW DOWN

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The east coast low is still yet to form properly. There are two troughs deepening and both will merge tomorrow to form another intense east coast low. It will hug south east Queensland and north east New South Wales, hitting them the hardest. Gale force winds and huge seas will accompany this storm. The worst of it will be Friday into Saturday, before easing on Sunday. Rain will spin in across the northern ranges to the North West plains. Showers will be heavy at times and will extend south, but the Central Coast and Hunter should largely be spared by this system. Read More »

FLOOD WATCH ISSUED AHEAD OF SECOND EAST COAST LOW

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The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a flood watch for 11 rivers between the Queensland border and Taree. Onshore winds and rain will increase as a trough deepens off the northern New South Wales coast on Thursday and Friday. Another East Coast Low is expected to form within this trough on Saturday near the Queensland border, before moving south to be offshore of the Mid North Coast on Sunday. The Mid North Coast and Northern Rivers will receive the heaviest rain with falls of 150 to 200-millimetres over several days. Friday and Saturday will see the heaviest widespread falls. There is also the possibility of renewed flooding for the Paterson and Williams rivers in the Hunter on Sunday and Monday. Below is a list of areas with a 70 per cent chance of flooding: Tweed River – moderate to major ... Read More »

WEATHER: EAST COAST LOW LATEST

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The second east coast low is set to form in the coming days. Moist onshore winds will feed a deepening trough sitting over the eastern states, so coastal showers will begin to ramp up from tomorrow. The low will form Thursday into Friday, hitting the south east corner of Queensland first, before moving south across the Northern Rivers and onto the Mid North Coast during Saturday. The tail of the system is expected to hit the Hunter on Sunday before clearing Monday. This low is a different monster to the one that hit the Hunter and Central Coast last week. This one will be on the move producing flooding rain, heavy down pours and huge dangerous seas and swell as it tracks south over a period of five days. Read More »

WEATHER: ANOTHER EAST COAST LOW ON THE WAY

Photo courtesy of Lindsay Ellis

Another east coast low is expected to form this week. It will be a different monster to last week’s storm and could affect a larger area, extending across northern New South Wales and south east Queensland. It will then move south and onto the Mid North Coast and Hunter. A large high currently sits over the nation, feeding a trough deepening over the eastern states with moist onshore winds. This trough is likely to spin into an east coast low later in the week, producing more strong winds and heavy seas. While all east coast lows have similarities, they are also different so this will be another potentially dangerous storm and one to be monitored in the coming days. Read More »

CENTRAL COAST PUMMELED BY STORM AGAIN

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Further south, the Central Coast was battered for a second night in a row as the storm cell moved away from the Hunter. Read More »

WEATHER UPDATE: LOW LATEST

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PHOTO: A stunning shot of last night’s storm front rolling into Newcastle, captured by Shannon Hartigan. The east coast low has formed to the south and is hammering the New South Wales south coast and Illawarra. Over 130mm has already come down at Ulladulla causing flooding. The low will track slightly to the north before pulling away from the coast over the next 24 hours. Overnight and tomorrow morning winds will increase and a burst of heavy rain and strong winds will hit the Central Coast and Newcastle. There will be the risk of flash flooding and damage as the system passes over this part of the region. Seas and swell will increase quickly becoming dangerous overnight. Further north and inland there will be some shower activity for the Mid North Coast and southern parts of the North West. For ... Read More »

WEATHER UPDATE: LOW READY TO INTENSIFY

There is an upper level cold pool over north west NSW that is going to link up with the surface low sitting off the northern NSW coast. As the two merge the rain will intensify, along with the winds and large seas and swell. There is still the chance of flooding over the northern NSW coast. The danger area will be in between Coffs Harbour and the QLD border. The good news is the rain has been pushing inland over the north west and there should be more in the coming days. Read More »

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