Houses, flats damaged by seas up to 12m around NSW

SEVERE weather warnings for NSW have been cancelled by the weather burea but flood warnings remain in place for many rivers across the state.

Sydney's northern beaches copped a pounding overnight with State Emergency Service crews expected to attend this morning to assess damage caused to properties.

Houses and a block of units, and the beach club at Collaroy have all been damaged by wild surf caused by the storm, the ABC reported.

Numerous sinkholes also opened up along the foreshore with SES working into the night to save homes.

Rain totals from 9am to 8pm Sunday include Robertson 247mm, Moruya 172mm, Wattamolla (Kangaroo Valley) 156mm, North Parramatta 153mm.

Wind gusts reported include North Head (Sydney) 98km/h, Sydney Harbour 95km/h, Bellambi 96 km/h, Montague Island 109 km/h.

Average waves heights in excess of 5 metres have been recorded along the NSW coast, with highest waves exceeding 12 metres, the bureau said in its advice early Monday morning.

In another advice, the bureau said water levels exceeded the highest tide of the year at Sunday evening's high tide at 8:30pm, higher than the June 2012 East Coast Low.

"Very heavy surfmay lead to localised damage and coastal erosion this morning, possibly persisting into the day.

"Beach conditions in these areas will be dangerous and people should stay well away from the surf and surf exposed areas.

Flood warnings remained in place for Newcastle, Gosford, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Taree, Sydney, Wollongong and Batemans Bay.


In Sydney's west and south-west, residents have been evacuated from Chipping Norton, Milperra, and Picton due to flooding and several roads in the area are closed, the ABC reported.

More than 30,000 homes experienced outages caused by the weather.

The big wet is expected to head south with Victoria and Tasmania being issued with severe weather warnings.



UPDATE 1PM:  LISMORE CBD has now been told to evacuate as the CBD levee threatens to overtop. 

Conditions elsewhere across the state are easing, allowing people to assess the clean-up. Sydney however continued to be hit by heavy rain. 

The ABC reported Sydney Airport had closed most of its runways because of strong winds and more than 100 flood rescues had to be performed across the state. 

The low is expected to move south of Sydney later today, but high tides remain a concern for coastal areas. 

In its latest warning, BOM said the next high tide would be at 8.30pm and sea levels are expected to exceed the highest tide levels of the year.  

The next warning will be issued by 5pm. 

UPDATE 12pm: The Westpac rescue helicopter is among emergency service crews searching for a person who has gone missing at Fingal Head.

The missing person is believed to have gone into the surf this morning, after major storms all across the east coast made for big surfing conditions. 

The search is one of a number of incidents across the state. 

UPDATE 11am: RAINFALL is beginning to ease in many parts of New South Wales with residents in North Byron cleared to return home. 

Bureau of Meteorology New South Wales said a total 469mm of rain fell in Wooli River thanks to the east coast low that first hit Queensland yesterday and NSW today. 

Beaches have been heavily impacted by erosion. 

Mitchell Harley, a coastal researcher, shared a time lapse video of extreme weather that eroded away metres of sand from Narrabeen coastal line. 

A total 389mm fell in Coffs Harbour to 9am this morning. Residents were ordered to evacuate yesterday and have since been allowed to return. In Lismore, many residents have been told to evacuate before major flood peaks this afternoon. 

Multiple flood rescues have been performed across the state this morning and emergency services continue to urge people to stay indoors and avoid travelling. 

One of the major issues this morning has been trees and flooded roads. 

Social media users took to Twitter with snaps of fallen trees that cut off many roads in central Sydney. 


UPDATE 9.10AM: PEOPLE across New South Wales are being asked to stay inside and avoid unessential travel as much of the state gets a drenching as two different flood rescues have had to be performed. 

A flood rescue was underway at Horsley about 8am this morning and more than 9000 people are without power on the North Coast. 

At 9.07am, the SES tweeted several people and horses were trapped at Dapto and a rescue was underway. 

A public information line was also set up last night for residents who need information on how the storm will affect their area. 

The Public Information and Inquiry Centre can be contacted by calling 1800 227 228.

EARLIER: NSW faces more heavy rain and damaging winds on Sunday with gusts of up to 125km/h, the weather bureau has warned.

Some low-lying areas of the state have been evacuated with the bureau warning conditions are expected to worsen with flooding, abnormally high tides and damaging surf.

An east coast low trough is moving down from the north coast past Sydney and towards the southern coast of NSW.

A flood watch has been issued for more than 20 NSW rivers.

Rsidents in Billinudgel, Ocean Shores, Golden Beach, New Brighton and in low-lying areas near Coffs Creek, on the western edge of Coffs Harbour, have been ordered to evacuate due to rising floodwaters.


At 6pm on Saturday, flood evacuation warnings were also issued for Chinderah, the Seagulls Estate, South Murwillumbah, Tumbulgum and Fingal Point area, near Tweed, west of the single-lane temporary bridge.


Wave heights reached 4 metres in Byron Bay and were expected to reach 5-8 metres in more areas as the weather system moved down the coast.

The Tweed and Northern Rivers area had 100 to 150 millimetres of rain fall in the 24 hours to 9:00am and the SES said the region could see a further 200 to 250 before the weather event is through.


In its warning issued on Sunday morning, the Bureau of Meteorology said there would be damaging winds from the northeast, averaging 60 to 65km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90km/h along most of the coast.

Later Sunday morning, winds with gusts of up to 125km/h could be expected.

"The coastal fringe will be particularly under threat with this system. Winds will ease and turn northwesterly as the low passes by,'' the bureau said.

Heavy rains was expected to cause flash flooding near the coast south of Wooli on Sunday.

A car stranded in flood waters at Coffs Creek at Park Beach.
A car stranded in flood waters at Coffs Creek at Park Beach. Jessica Preston

Rainfall totals of up to 200 mm are expected south of Sydney, with 1-hourly rainfall rates of 30-70mm possible.

"Rain and winds have eased in the Northern Rivers District. This easing trend should extend southwards to Seal Rocks by midday,'' the bureau said.

Abnormally high tides which could result in sea water inundation of low lying areas were likely along the coast.
The next high tides today are around 8:00am and 8:30pm.
Very heavy surf may lead to localised damage and coastal erosion.

Beach conditions in these areas will be dangerous and people should stay well away from the surf and surf exposed areas.

The bureau reported Nobbys Head recorded a 106km/h gust at 11:22pm, Fort Denison AWS recorded a wind gust of 90km/h at 11:43pm, Norah Head recorded a 98km/h wind gust at 12:21 am, Kurnell AWS recorded a 90km/h wind gust at 1:30am.