Date: January 06, 2016
Author: Dave Tease, Golf NSW

Weather wreaks havoc across NSW

The intense rain system currently hammering eastern parts of NSW is wreaking havoc, flooding towns, closing roads and is turning plenty of golf courses into flooded lakes from the north of the State to the south.

And it seems unlikely that there will be a reprieve anytime soon with the Weather Bureau issuing warnings for heavy rain and flash flooding in parts of the Mid North Coast and Hunter Districts as well as gale and strong wind warnings up and down the coast.

Over the last 48 hours Moruya Golf Course has flooded, and in the 24 hours to 7am this morning 254mm of rain fell at Bungwahl near Buladelah, while 219mm fell at Williamtown just north of Newcastle. The Vintage Golf resort in the Hunter Valley has reported over 100mm of rain has fallen this morning.

Heavy rain which may lead to flash flooding is forecast for parts of the Mid North Coast and Hunter Districts (including the Central Coast) today, between Gosford and Port Macquarie, with further rainfall totals of 50 to 100 mm expected at some locations. An easing trend but with strengthening winds is expected later in the day and evening.

There’s a general flood watch issued across NSW with flood warnings issued for the following rivers: The Manning, The Hunter, The Hawkesbury and Nepean Rivers, The Bega, The Wyong River and Tuggerah Lakes, The Paroo River, The Paterson and William Rivers and for Buladelah.

A Gale Warning is in place for the following areas: Byron Coast, Coffs Coast, Macquarie Coast, Hunter Coast and Sydney Coast, and a Strong Wind Warning for the following areas: All Sydney Closed Waters, The Illawarra Coast, Batemans Coast and Eden Coast.

Please be careful and if in doubt check the weather updates issued by the Bureau of Meteorology here: