Widespread flooding from heavy rain has seen homes evacuated, people rescued and some areas of NSW cop record-breaking falls.
Torrential rain which caused flooding around Newcastle and the Central Coast on Sunday moved south overnight and into Tuesday, bringing challenging conditions on the state's South Coast and ACT forecast districts.
It was all caused by a coastal low off the central NSW coast.
On Twitter, Newcastle residents shared their awe over the terrible conditions.
“Everyone, please stay safe. The rain is insane,” one woman tweeted.
Another tweeted it was time to sandbag the garage again.
Newcastle was pummelled by 152.2mm on Monday.
Homes evacuated in bushfire-affected area
Twenty homes in Sussex Inlet on the NSW South Coast were evacuated on Monday night as the river at Sanctuary Point peaked at 1.1 metres and is expected to rise even further. Earlier this year, Sussex Inlet was ravaged by bushfires.
🚨Sussex Inlet Residents: Evacuate Now🚨
NSW SES is directing people at the following addresses to evacuate:
✔️Wunda Ave, numbers 5, 8, 10, 11, and 13.
✔️Elmoos Avenue, numbers 52, 54 and 60.
✔️Jacobs Street, number 120... read more https://t.co/t578A4Mkg8 pic.twitter.com/HAgGuqy3D7
— NSW SES (@NSWSES) July 27, 2020
This is River Rd Sussex Inlet where the SES asked around 20 homes to evacuate last night, but they have to drive 50 km to nearest the nearest centre at St George's Basin @abcnews pic.twitter.com/ODxSWpCuqq
— Nick McLaren (@nickpmclaren) July 27, 2020
Further south, the Bureau of Meteorology said up to 164mm of rain had fallen at Moruya to 9am on Monday, causing river levels to rise.
Weatherzone meteorologist Brett Dutschke told Yahoo News Australia Ulladulla, also on the south coast, had its wettest July in more than 60 years.
“On the month as a whole it’s the wettest July in 66 years,” he said.
“The area received 162mm. It’s close to the wettest 24-hour period for the month of July with the record at 169.8mm.”
Mr Dutschke added over 48 hours, Ulladulla was drenched by more than 300mm.
Wattamolla at the Royal National Park received 184.6mm of rain on Monday.
In Kiama, two people had to be rescued when a flatbed truck was caught in rising floodwaters overnight on Swamp Road.
NSW SES volunteers arrived shortly after 4am on Tuesday and used a raft to access the vehicle.
Minor flooding is occurring along the Bega River, which is at 4.6 metres at Bega’s north, with flood warnings issued for low-lying areas in the vicinity.
— Yandamonium (@Yandamonium) July 26, 2020
Heavy surf is believed to have caused localised damage and coastal erosion south of Wollongong, while a hazardous surf warning remains current for the area between the South Coast and Hunter coast, the BoM said on Tuesday.
A flood warning is current for the Deua River and St Georges Basin on the South Coast.
A Watch alert has been issued for the state's coastal river catchments from Upper Nepean to Moruya Rivers, the SES warned.
Heavy #rain in #NSW south easing tonight, but please remain alert to changes in conditions. St Georges Basin at Sussex Inlet likely reaching Minor #Flood level at 2am, with potential 2nd peak of Moderate at 2pm. Deua River at Wamban peaking soon https://t.co/Y0XKSsjfc7.@NSWSES pic.twitter.com/v54VhGlSnt
— Bureau of Meteorology, New South Wales (@BOM_NSW) July 27, 2020
This includes the Shoalhaven River, St Georges Basin and Bega River.
For those not enjoying the big wet, Mr Dutschke said the reprieve could come as soon as Tuesday afternoon.
“It’s definitely on an easing trend,” he said.
“It should clear from the South Coast later today and further north later on.”
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