Flash flooding risk for the Illawarra

THE Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for the Illawarra due to the risk of flash flooding from heavy rains forecast for today.

The alert, issued at 9.19am and updated at 11.09am, applies to parts of the Illawarra, Sydney metropolitan area and Central Coast (southern Hunter) districts during the day and evening on Monday.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should not drive, ride or walk through flood water, and keep clear of creeks and storm drains.

An SES spokesman told the Mercury only a few assistance calls had been received, but warned ‘‘significant rainfall’’ is expected Monday afternoon and evening, and through Tuesday.

‘‘There is predicted heavy rainfall for the northern suburbs [for Monday], and overnight that will travel through the southern suburbs,’’ the spokesman said.

A low pressure trough just off the central part of the coast is expected to move slowly to the west today with rain and thunderstorms becoming increasingly heavy. The Bureau of Meteorology has also issued a strong wind warning for Illawarra coastal waters for Monday and Tuesday, warning of ‘‘deceptively powerful surf conditions.’’

Scattered thunderstorms are predicted for Tuesday, with rain predicted until at least Saturday.

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