Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Northern Rivers and parts of Mid North Coast, Lower Western and Upper Western Forecast Districts.

Issued at 5:56 pm Monday, 15 January 2024.

Heavy rainfall developing across parts of northern NSW, localised severe storms out west.

Weather Situation: Persistent slow-moving showers and thunderstorms are occurring over the northeast. A localised risk of severe storms is also present over inland western parts.

Severe thunderstorms 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, Grafton, Coffs Harbour, Wentworth, Sawtell and Dorrigo.

Severe thunderstorms are no longer occurring in the Northern Tablelands district and the warning for this district is CANCELLED.

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.