Heavy rain across New South Wales has finally smouldered our several bushfires that had been raging for months.
However the heavy rain is already causing flash flooding and mudslides in some areas.
The Currowan Fire burning in the Shoalhaven has been officially set to out, the Rural Fire Service said.
“The fire, which spanned for 74 days, burnt out 499,621 hectares and spans from each end of the Shoalhaven Local Government Area, as well as spreading in to neighbouring areas including Eurobodalla, Wingecarribee and Queanbeyan Palerang. 312 homes were destroyed and 173 damaged. Tremendous work by firefighters and residents, saw 1,889 homes saved.”
The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said the wet conditions are going to worsen, with a risk of “life-threatening” flash flooding in the Hunter, as well as the Central Coast, the Sydney metropolitan area, Illawarra and eastern parts of the Central Tablelands.
The city has not seen this much rain in years and the event is worse than anything seen at least since the 1990s.
It comes as heavy rain has been falling steadily across much of the state since Wednesday, with some of the strongest falls seen in northern NSW, near Byron Bay and Kingscliff, which had close to 300mm fall yesterday.
BOM forecaster Jane Golding said such prolonged and heavy rain was unusual.
“It is uncommon to see rainfall rates as high as we have seen, up in the hundreds of millimetres occurring over consecutive days,” she said.
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A trough lying along central and northern parts of the New South Wales coast is bringing persistent rain and windy conditions to many areas. This trough is expected to deepen and gradually extend into the southern coast later today and Sunday. With impacts then moving further south into Monday.
Moist air from the tropics has been moving down to the SE of Australia.
“Moisture-laden Tasman Sea air and an upper level low pressure system combining to produce torrential rain (etc.) over parts of the NSW coast and ranges,“ forecaster Andrew Miskelly said.
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