'Stay home': Coastal towns brace for six-hour weather event

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NSW and Queensland are again bracing for wild weather as heavy rain is expected to lash parts of Australia's east coast. 

The Bureau put in place a severe weather for people in parts of Queensland's Wide Bay and Burnett and Southeast Coast Forecast Districts Sunday through to Tuesday.

Heavy rainfall may develop between Seventeen Seventy and Caloundra on Sunday night and into Monday with between 120 to 160mm expected in some areas.

Coastal communities including Fraser Island are forecast to cop 200 to 250mm of rain over six hours, according to BoM, and severe thunderstorms will likely develop across parts of Central Queensland on Sunday. 

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Brisbane is expected to receive a drenching on Monday.

BoM meteorologist Michael Gray told News Corp residents should brace for windy and wet weather. 

“Stay home and stay safe,” he said.

“It is going to be a bit of wild couple of days for some parts of the state.”

NSW to cop another drenching

The final remaining NSW residents forced from homes by floods have only just been allowed to return but another storm system capable of swamping already-soaked catchments is on its way.

Those living in low-lying parts of Freemans Reach on the Hawkesbury River, north of Sydney, were on Thursday night given permission to go home, 11 days after they were ordered to leave.

The all-clear was issued by the State Emergency Service after teams assessed damage in the area, and was the final evacuation order to be lifted following widespread flooding across NSW.

Floodwater on Nelson Bay Road in Salamander Bay, Port Stephens, NSW, Saturday, March 27, 2021.
Residents evacuated due to flooding are now preparing for more heavy rainfall. Source: AAP

But the Bureau of Meteorology has warned communities in the state's north still mopping up from the last deluge could soon be hit with another.

A flood watch has been issued for the Tweed, Brunswick and Wilsons rivers in the state's north.

A low pressure trough will bring heavy rain from Sunday and the potential for minor flooding exists in the Northern Rivers region from Monday.

 Flood waters from the Logan River are seen cutting across the Waterford Tamborine Road at Waterford in Logan City, Thursday, March 25, 2021.
Heavy rainfall may develop between Seventeen Seventy and Caloundra on Sunday night and into Monday with between 120 to 160mm expected. Source: AAP

With the possibility of stormy wet weather on the way, NSW SES Incident Controller Maria Frazer urges residents to prepare their homes, to prevent damage and minimise the workload of exhausted volunteers.

“The Bureau have told us there is still a high degree of uncertainty with this weather as it moves south,” Ms Frazer said. 

“But we do know that Catchments across the Northern Zone are sodden from recent flooding and affected catchments are likely to respond quickly to further rainfall.”

The warning comes as the state's Environment Protection Authority said last month's intense flooding followed by warm, sunny weather was causing fish deaths and bad smells.

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