Rain continues to fall across the Northern Rivers.
Rain continues to fall across the Northern Rivers.

Village records 170mm of rain today ... so far

Update 7.40pm: The Channon has received 170mm of rain since 9am this morning, and it is still bucketing down.

The village has received 49mm in one hour from 6pm.

Dunoon has recorded 141mm and Cawongla 131mm since 9am.

Drivers should exercise caution on Dunoon and The Channon roads, as there are reports of water streaming across the road at some locations.

 

Update 3.40pm: If you had hopes of a dry, sunny weekend ahead, there's bad news, the wet weather will continue.

A spokesman from the Bureau of Meteorology said more showers were expected on Saturday and Sunday, which could become heavy in some areas.

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He said the showers would clear briefly on Monday, before returning on Tuesday.

There was the potential for thunderstorms every day until Thursday.

The spokesman said a trough off the coast was causing the bad weather, and while the Northern Rivers would be wet, the worst of the conditions would be felt further south. 

He said a low was expected to form on Sunday bringing hazardous surf conditions on Sunday and into Monday.

 

Update 1.40pm: A new severe storm warning for the Northern Rivers as been issued by the Bureau of Meteorology.

It warns, severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours.

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Locations which may be affected include Lismore, Mullumbimby, Byron Bay, Ballina, Casino, Kyogle, Coraki, Alstonville, Brunswick Heads, Nimbin, Evans Head and Woodburn.

Rainfall of 30mm in 60min reported at Nashua to 1pm this afternoon.

Road closures are already in place, so drive to conditions.


The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* Don't walk, ride your bike or drive through flood water.
* If you are trapped by flash flooding, seek refuge in the highest available place and ring 000 if you need rescue.
* Be aware that run-off from rainfall in fire affected areas may behave differently and be more rapid. It may also contain debris such as ash, soil, trees and rocks.
* After bushfires, heavy rain and the loss of foliage can make the ground soft and heavy, leading to a greater chance of landslides.
* Unplug computers and appliances.
* Avoid using the phone during the storm.
* Stay indoors away from windows, and keep children and pets indoors as well.
* Stay vigilant and monitor conditions. Note that the landscape may have changed following bushfires.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring the SES (NSW and ACT) on 132 500.

The next warning is due to be issued by 4:20 pm.

 

Update 11.00am: The Bureau of Meteorology has cancelled the severe weather warning for the region.

Despite ongoing rain, BoM said:  "Severe thunderstorms are no longer occurring in NSW and the ACT".

"The immediate threat of severe thunderstorms has passed, but the situation will continue to be monitored and further warnings will be issued if necessary."

 

Update 10.25am: Decent sized storm cells continue to cross the Northern Rivers this morning.

A BoM spokeswoman said there is a "lot of lightning come out of them", with most strikes landing out to sea.

According to Real Time Lightning Strikes, more than 229 strikes were recorded on the North Coast.

Of those, about 23 were strikes to land have been recorded,  including one in Byron Bay township, in Cumbebin Swamp.

A strike landed at Tyagarah beach, near the airport, and another lightning strike was recorded on the Pacific Hwy near the Tamarind Rd interchange, and another south east of Newrybar.

 

Update 9.45am: UPPER Main Arm Rd is closed due to flooding from the intersection with Palmwoods Rd.

Byron Shire Council advises, "If it's flooded, forget it", warning people not to drive through flood water.

Whian Rd at Eureka is closed. there is water over road 300m south of Kings Road and causeway at shire boundry is flooded and closed.

Roads may be inundated with floodwater quickly, so exercise caution on the roads.

 

Update 9.20am: Towns across the Northern Rivers have already received heavy rainfall.

Towns in the north of the region have recorded more than 50mm of rain in the past 24 hours and there is more to come.

Chillingham has received 73mm in the past 24 hours, Mullumbimby 63mm, and Upper Main Arm 57.

Terania Ck is reported to have received 37mm in the past 24 hours and Kunghur has received 12 mm in the past hour.

A rain band continues to move across the region from the east.

There have been reports of thunder in Byron Bay.

 

Original story: A severe thunderstorm warning, with heavy rainfall, has been issued for parts of the Northern Rivers this morning.

The Bureau of Meteorology says the storms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours.

Locations which may be affected include Lismore, Tweed Heads, Murwillumbah, Byron Bay, Ballina, Alstonville and Brunswick Heads.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:

  • Keep clear of creeks and storm drains
  • Don't walk, ride your bike or drive through flood water
  • If you are trapped by flash flooding, seek refuge in the highest available place and ring 000 if you need rescue
  • Be aware that run-off from rainfall in fire affected areas may behave differently and be more rapid. It may also contain debris such as ash, soil, trees and rocks
  • After bushfires, heavy rain and the loss of foliage can make the ground soft and heavy, leading to a greater chance of landslides
  • Unplug computers and appliances
  • Avoid using the phone during the storm.
  • Stay indoors away from windows, and keep children and pets indoors as well
  • Stay vigilant and monitor conditions
  • For emergency help in floods and storms, ring the SES (NSW and ACT) on 132 500.

The next warning is due to be issued by 11am.