Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Northern Rivers, Mid North Coast and parts of Northern Tablelands Forecast Districts.

Issued at 12:07 pm Wednesday, 5 February 2020.

Weather Situation: Rainfall is expected to increase along the New South Wales northern coast from Thursday, as a low pressure trough deepens in the area. Intense rainfall is possible for some areas. Longer-term there is potential for this system to shift south on the weekend, also increasing rainfall along parts of the central and southern coast.
HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to FLASH FLOODING is possible about parts of the Northern Rivers, Mid North Coast and eastern parts of the Northern Tablelands from Thursday.

The location of the heaviest falls will be determined by the movement and strength of the coastal trough, and by where thunderstorms occur. It is most likely that the heaviest rainfall will be focused about the Northern Rivers during Thursday, then the Mid North Coast during Friday.

A Flood Watch is also expected to be issued.
Locations which may be affected include Lismore, Grafton, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Taree and Dorrigo.

On the weekend, there is potential for heavy rainfall along parts of the central and/or southern coast and ranges as this system shifts its focus southwards. This will be monitored closely, and warnings updated if heavy rainfall for these areas becomes likely.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Don't drive, ride or walk through flood water.
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* 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.
* Stay vigilant and monitor conditions. Note that the landscape may have changed following bushfires.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.