Hazardous surf warning issued

A hazardous surf warning has been issued for our coast on Saturday, October 13.

The Bureau of Meteorology reports that surf and swell conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as rock fishing, boating, and swimming.

NSW Police Force, Marine Area Command advise that:

  • People should consider staying out of the water and avoid walking near surf-exposed areas.
  • Rock fishers should avoid coastal rock platforms exposed to the ocean and seek a safe location that is sheltered from the surf.
  • Boaters planning to cross shallow water and ocean bars should consider changing or delaying their voyage.
  • Boaters already on the water should carry the appropriate safety equipment and wear a lifejacket.
  • Boaters should remember to log on with their local Marine Rescue radio base, via VHF Radio or the Marine Rescue APP, and consider their safety management plan.

The bureau also issued a flood watch for rivers to our north.

Widespread rainfall forecast over the NSW Northern Rivers and Mid North Coast has the potential to cause minor riverine flooding from Sunday onwards.

The bureau said a low pressure trough over parts of the northeast of NSW may potentially bring moderate to heavy falls over the Northern Rivers and Mid North Coast over the weekend and early next week.

What we are expecting:

Based on the prediction provided by the Bureau of Meteorology widespread rainfall has the potential to cause minor flooding in the Wilsons, Orara, Bellinger and Kalang Rivers.

Low-lying areas next to water courses may become inundated. Minor roads may be closed and low-level bridges submerged. In urban areas inundation may affect some backyards and buildings below the floor level as well as bicycle and pedestrian paths. In rural areas removal of stock and equipment may be required.

The NSW SES is asking communities in the north east of the State to get prepared ahead of a burst of potentially heavy rain from Sunday.

Holidaymakers returning home at the end of the school holidays are reminded to drive with care.