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Gale-force winds hit NSW coastline prompting evacuations


Strong winds will hit New South Wales on Sunday in the last gasp of a weather system that brought torrential rain overnight, prompting evacuations, 21 flood rescues and more than 650 calls for help across the state.

Strong southerly winds with gusts of up to 90km/h will batter the coastline between Forster and Ulladulla on Sunday morning as a low pressure system moves offshore.

“[The low] It’s expected to move away from the coast soon which is good news for us, the heaviest rainfall will really reduce,” said Bureau of Meteorology meteorologist Miriam Bradbury.

“From mid-afternoon, the showers are expected to become much more isolated as this system really pushes all the moisture out to sea.”

As the front crossed New South Wales overnight, 25 to 50 millimeters of rain fell. Sydney escaped the worst of the downpour, with the NSW south coast, central coast and north coast hardest hit.

Lake Kondjola received 122 millimeters of rain, while Vincentia received 121 millimeters and Ulladulla received 106 millimeters.

Rain soaks the already soggy grass, forming deep puddles at a park in Pagewood.credit:James Alcock

In Sydney, Camden recorded the highest total of 89.6 millimeters, with similar falls of 88.8 millimeters at Mangrove Mountain on the Central Coast.

Emergency warnings have been issued for the Western Plains Tourist Park in Dubbo, Oura Beach Campground Reserve on the Murrumbidgee River near Wagga Wagga and the community of Gronas Point in the Hawkesbury region.


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