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Urgent flooding alert issued for Sydney and NSW residents

An urgent flood alert has been issued for Sydney residents after a massive rain bomb brought rain to the city in less than a day for a month.

Torrential rains, flash flooding, landslides, damaging winds and power outages threaten to devastate Sydney and residents of NSW are being warned that the current onslaught of wet weather hitting the east coast will only get worse.

There are also fears of a dam spill with significant spills from the Warragamba Dam in the coming days, officials said.

In the 24 hours to 9 a.m. Saturday, the Illawarra district of NSW was hit by the heaviest July rainfall since 1904. Foxground recorded 215mm of rain, Albion Park 171mm and Kiama 163mm.

Residents of the Sydney and Illawarra regions were previously warned that flash flooding is ‘essentially guaranteed’ with three months of rain over the next five days.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe weather warning Saturday morning for the metropolis of Sydney, Illawarra and parts of the South Coast, Central Tablelands and Southern Tablelands.

Three rescues have already been launched in NSW since Friday, warning people along parts of the Hawkesbury River that they are at high risk of flooding.

Torrential rains, flash flooding, landslides, damaging winds and power outages threaten residents of Sydney and NSW

Torrential rains, flash flooding, landslides, damaging winds and power outages threaten residents of Sydney and NSW

Residents in the Sydney and Illawarra regions were previously warned that flash flooding is 'essentially guaranteed' with three months of rain over the next five days

Residents in the Sydney and Illawarra regions were previously warned that flash flooding is ‘essentially guaranteed’ with three months of rain over the next five days

The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe weather warning Saturday morning for the metropolis of Sydney, Illawarra and parts of the South Coast, Central Tablelands and Southern Tablelands.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe weather warning Saturday morning for the metropolis of Sydney, Illawarra and parts of the South Coast, Central Tablelands and Southern Tablelands.

Two Australian Defense Force helicopters will be available to assist in rescue operations as areas of the state prepare for heavy rainfall and possible flooding.

The federal government approved ADF support Friday night at NSW’s request, with 100 troops available as of Sunday, Emergency Management Secretary Murray Watt said.

“I want to assure people that the federal government is… 100 percent prepared for what may lie ahead,” Senator Watt said from Brisbane on Saturday.

“One of the things we’ve learned over the years is that if we don’t have a federal government that takes responsibility and isn’t proactive, bad things can happen.”

NSW SES Commissioner Carlene York advised that people in flood-prone areas should prepare their evacuation kits, not wait for evacuation orders to leave.

Meanwhile, NSW Emergency Minister Steph Cooke said flash flooding could occur anywhere from Newcastle to Jervis Bay.

“We are all waiting nervously to see what happens,” she said on Saturday, adding that she was confident emergency services were prepared for what was to come.

Jane Golding of the Bureau of Meteorology said the weather would worsen overnight, putting a risk of flash flooding and landslides.

“The rainfall will increase,” she said.

“We will also see the wind increase. We will see the seas stir and we will see the rivers react to the rain that falls.’

NSW Emergency Minister Steph Cooke said flash flooding could occur anywhere from Newcastle to Jervis Bay

NSW Emergency Minister Steph Cooke said flash flooding could occur anywhere from Newcastle to Jervis Bay

NSW SES Commissioner Carlene York advised that people in flood prone areas should prepare their evacuation kits not wait for evacuation orders to go out

NSW SES Commissioner Carlene York advised that people in flood prone areas should prepare their evacuation kits not wait for evacuation orders to go out

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for the central coast of NSW as heavy rain (above) hits the region

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for the central coast of NSW as heavy rain (above) hits the region

Residents along the Hawkesbury River were warned flooding is 'essentially guaranteed' as heavy rains spill into Sydney and Illawarra regions

Residents along the Hawkesbury River were warned flooding is ‘essentially guaranteed’ as heavy rains spill into Sydney and Illawarra regions

The weather system hits the state on the first weekend of the school holidays and drivers are urged to exercise extreme caution.

“We know that flooding is extremely dangerous, especially for motorists. If the road is flooded, turn around and find another way,” said Roger Weeks of Transport for NSW.

Routes in and out of Sydney are likely to experience congestion, with heavy traffic expected at known bottlenecks, especially around the airport.

Dangerous surfing and swell conditions are also expected.

The Bureau of Meteorology said the system could develop on Sunday or Monday, extending continued rain into next week.

Flooding is possible for the Hunter, Central Coast, the Greater Sydney region and the South Coast from Saturday, with flood alerts for watersheds between Newcastle and Batemans Bay, including Sydney and the Illawarra.

Areas at risk include Newcastle, the Central Coast, Lake Macquarie, Upper Cox’s, Colo, Macdonald, Woronora, Patterson, Williams and Lower Hunter rivers.

The Upper and Lower Nepean and Hawkesbury rivers are also at risk.

Residents living between Port Stephens and Batemans Bay, including Sydney and the Illawarra, are likely to see several days of heavy rainfall leading to flooding and river flooding, said meteorologist Dean Narramore.

The map above shows areas at high risk of flooding in the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley

The map above shows areas at high risk of flooding in the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley

Forecast models (above) predict that the greater Sydney region will see at least 300mm of rain over the next five days

Forecast models (above) predict that the greater Sydney region will see at least 300mm of rain over the next five days

Catchments around the Hawkesbury Nepean River have been marked at risk of major flooding.

Hawkesbury Nepean SES began moving 2,000 sandbags to prevent flood damage in the region.

NSW State Emergency Service spokesman Greg Nash warned school holidaymakers to take extra care amid the dangerous conditions.

“With people looking to travel for the school holidays, we are urging people to rethink their plan. Make sure they can get to the destination, how to get there and if it’s safe to go,” he told the Daily Mail Australia.

BoM meteorologist Dean Narramore (right) said residents in the marked zones on the map above should watch out for possible flash and river flooding

BoM meteorologist Dean Narramore (right) said residents in the marked zones on the map above should watch out for possible flash and river flooding

NSW SES warned residents in the Hawkesbury Nepean area to prepare for flooding and prepare an emergency plan (shown, NSW SES Hawkesbury Nepean Valley evacuation routes)

NSW SES warned residents in the Hawkesbury Nepean area to prepare for flooding and prepare an emergency plan (shown, NSW SES Hawkesbury Nepean Valley evacuation routes)

‘For the people who have already traveled or are planning to, talk to the family you are staying with or the staff where you are staying when you arrive.

‘Find out from there what the emergency plan is, get informed and know what to do and where to go at your holiday destination.

“While people are traveling, we want people to make smart, safe decisions. If you find flood water, stop, turn around and find another way.

“Driving through high water isn’t worth the risk to you or the people in the car.”

THE FIVE DAY WEATHER FORECAST IN YOUR CITY

SYDNEY:

Saturday: Shower or two. Maximum 19 minutes 11.

Sunday: Showers. Maximum 19 minutes 11.

Monday: Shower or two. Maximum 19 minutes 12.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy. Maximum 20 minutes 10.

BRISBANE:

Saturday: Partly cloudy. Maximum 23 minutes 10.

Sunday: Partly cloudy. Maximum 23 minutes 11.

Monday: Partly cloudy. Maximum 22 minutes 13.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy. Maximum 23 minutes 12.

ADELAIDE:

Saturday: Mostly sunny. Maximum 18 minutes 9.

Sunday: Cloudy. Maximum 17 minutes 10.

Monday: Showers. Maximum 15 minutes 11.

Tuesday: Showers abate. Maximum 15 minutes 9.

PERTH:

Saturday: showers. Maximum 18 minutes 12.

Sunday: Showers abate. Maximum 19 minutes 12.

Monday: Partly cloudy. Maximum 19 minutes 8.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny. Maximum 20 minutes 8.

MELBOURNE:

Saturday: Partly cloudy. Maximum 15 minutes 8.

Sunday: Partly cloudy. Maximum 16 minutes 5.

Monday: Partly cloudy. Maximum 17 minutes 9.

Tuesday: showers. Maximum 15 minutes 11.

CANBERRA:

Saturday: Partly cloudy. Maximum 15 minutes 1.

Sunday: Partly cloudy. Maximum 15 Min 0.

Monday: Cloudy. Maximum 15 minutes 4.

Tuesday: showers. Maximum 13 minutes 5.

DARWIN:

Saturday: sunny. Maximum 33 minutes 21.

Sunday: sunny. Maximum 33 minutes 20.

Monday: Partly cloudy. Maximum 32 Min 21.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy. Maximum 33 minutes 22.

HOBART:

Saturday: Shower or two clearings. Maximum 13 minutes 7.

Sunday: Partly cloudy. Maximum 14 minutes 6.

Monday: Partly cloudy. Maximum 15 minutes 8.

Tuesday: Shower or two. Maximum 14 minutes 9.

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