NSW, Queensland and Victoria brace as dangerous system threatens heavy rain, wind, flooding and potential tornadoes; Weather conditions will “deteriorate” over the next 24 hours in New South Wales

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Weather conditions will deteriorate New South Wales over the next 24 to 36 hours with heavy rain, storms and dangerous flash flooding likely.

The warning came from NSW Emergency Services Minister Steph Cooke, who said the state was “in the middle of two wet weather systems at the moment”.

A trough and cold front is over much of New South Wales and is also expected to bring wet weather to Queensland and Victoria, which are also bracing for storms and potential flooding.

Wet weather will return to Sydney from tonight. (Wolter Peeter)
Windsor Bridge was shrouded in fog this morning amid the risk of minor flooding in Penrith over the weekend.
Windsor Bridge was shrouded in fog this morning amid the risk of minor flooding in Penrith over the weekend. (Provided)

“Over the next 24 to 36 hours we are likely to see increased rainfall in southern interior areas like Bathurst and also in Sydney,” Cooke said today.

“We expect the weather conditions to deteriorate during this period and based on this we are asking the communities to work with us.”

The minister then made particular reference to the communities along the Hawkesbury and Nepean rivers.

River levels have swelled in Penrith in Sydney’s west. (Provided)

The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) this morning updated its flood advisories for both waterways from minor to moderate flooding.

“We are aware that your communities have experienced four floods in 18 months and recognize the anxiety that some of you will feel,” Cooke said.

“The SES are very well prepared…we have pre-positioned resources across New South Wales.”

Minor flooding is occurring in North Richmond and possible in Penrith, and further minor to moderate flooding is possible in Menangle.

ECMWF 3-day rainfall forecast up to 11am on Sunday 9th October.
Three-day rainfall forecast until 11 a.m. Sunday, October 9. (weather zone)

Those heading to the Bathurst 1000 have also received a stern reminder as the wet weather persists.

“We know flood waters can rise very quickly, the ground is saturated,” said Deputy Premier, Police Minister and MP for Bathurst Paul Toole.

“If you enter flood waters, what you are doing is not only putting your life and the lives of your passengers at risk, you are also putting the lives of our emergency services personnel at risk.

“Please don’t take any chances. »

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He urged campers not to pitch tents near waterways or camp under trees and warned of congestion along the Great Western Highway, Princes Highway and M1 motorway.

“Plan your trips, take your time,” he said.

“Drive according to the conditions – there will be wet weather.”

Nearly 60 flood warnings in effect for NSW

Much of NSW is on flood watch today with the SES issuing 57 flood warnings across the state – stretching from the far north to the Victoria border.

“The areas of impact and concern are Gunnedah, Bathurst, Forbes, Warren and most of the interior of New South Wales,” said SES Superintendent Josh Clark.

“Fortunately, at the moment we have only received 365 requests for assistance in the past 24 hours across NSW, four of which have been responses to flooding.

“Again, the message is very clear from the emergency services: please, if the road is flooded, forget it. Turn around.”

As of 7am, 57 flood warnings were in effect from NSW SES.
As of 7am, 57 flood warnings were in effect from NSW SES. (NSW SES)

Earlier this morning, SES spokesman Jason Simms said the service was also on alert for potential tornadoes.

“The SES has preemptively deployed personnel to various parts of the state in the potentially affected area,” Simms told 9News.

“SES volunteers are on high alert.

“(But) with tornadoes and destructive storms, it’s hard to predict and the lead time is minimal.

“As with all severe storms, the best idea is to stay indoors, away from windows, unplug electrical appliances and stay away from fallen trees and power lines and clean around the yard.

“Make sure there is no loose material.”

The tornado ripped through the area near Bathurst.
This tornado ripped through an area near Bathurst in October 2021. (9News)
SMH Sydney News.  Weather Sydney.  Photo shows, rain rolls over Sydney Basin.  Photo Peter Rae.  Tuesday, October 5, 2022
A wide swath of coastline is on alert for strong winds in NSW. (Peter Rae)

The BoM today issued a strong wind warning for the Macquarie Coast, Hunter Coast, Sydney Coast, Illawarra Coast, Batemans Coast and Eden Coast.

Tomorrow this will extend to closed Sydney waters, Coffs Coast, Macquarie Coast, Hunter Coast, Sydney Coast, Batemans Coast and Eden Coast.

SMH Sydney News.  Weather Sydney.  Photo shows, rain rolls over Sydney Basin.  Photo Peter Rae.  tuesday october 5
Saturday will be a “danger day” for Sydney and the surrounding area, authorities say. (Peter Rae)

Simms said an excess of 50mm of rain could fall around the saturated Sydney, Mid-West, Illawarra and South Coast catchments in the coming days.

Much of the flood risk is in the central and northwest parts of the state, with the SES issuing 14 “watch and act” advisories across the region.

Bourke is one of the areas on alert, with SES writing: “The Darling River at Bourke is likely to reach moderate flood stage (11.40 metres) around 12-14 October.

“The river level may reach around 12.00 meters at the end of October, with further rises possible.”

Flooding is seen on Silver City Highway just south of Packsaddle in the NSW outback.
Flooding is seen on Silver City Highway just south of Packsaddle in the NSW outback. (live traffic)

The outback town had its wettest October day in 67 years, recording 45.4mm.

Weatherzone said the end of wild conditions is in sight.

“The silver lining of this wet week is a broad high pressure system moving in from the weekend, allowing skies to clear and days to warm early next week,” he wrote.

Queensland and Victoria

A trough will pass over Queensland from Saturday which is expected to bring around 40-60mm of rain to parts of the south east.

Half a dozen flood warnings have been issued for the Sunshine State.

    A flood watch is underway for inland catchments in southern Queensland, along with several flood warnings.
A flood watch is underway for inland catchments in southern Queensland, along with several flood warnings. (BoM)
However, meteorologists are keeping a close eye on a strange swirling phenomenon off the coast, Today said weather presenter Tim Davies.

“What is really worrying forecasters this morning is what’s called a ‘cold pool,’ this weird weather phenomenon,” Davies explained.

“There is a part of the ocean just southeast of Queensland here on the Gold Coast that is much cooler, below average ocean temperatures.

“That pool is growing and that’s what forecasters are watching very closely.

“What concerns them here is that colder, lower-than-average temperature water mixes with warmer waters, especially as it starts to warm closer to summer, which could lead to convection and, of course, a greater risk of flooding.”

Victoria is also bracing for showers and potential thunderstorms today.

It should last until early 2023.

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