Australia's New South Wales state warns of torrential rain, potential major flooding

A photo from April 7, 2022, shows houses on the bank of the overflowing Woronora river of the Sydney basin. PHOTO: AFP

SYDNEY (XINHUA) - Australia's Bureau of Meteorology has warned of heavy rainfall across the state of New South Wales (NSW) from Saturday (July 2), with potential to cause major flooding into next week.

Senior meteorologist Dean Narramore told the national broadcaster ABC that the downpour would be focused around Sydney, and along the coast to the north and south.

"We're looking at maybe a month's worth of rain in a few days," he said, warning of between 100mm and 200mm of rain over the five days from Saturday.

"Over the next four days significant rainfall is expected in parts of NSW. This includes the chance of consecutive days of heavy rainfall, which is expected to lead to some river rises including minor to major flooding," the state's meteorology bureau said on Friday.

It warned that the low-pressure, trough system coupled with the state's water storage being at or near capacity could lead to sudden floods in many of the state's river systems.

"This Flood Watch means that people living or working along rivers and streams must monitor the latest weather forecasts and warnings and be ready to move to higher ground should flooding develop," it said.

The NSW State Emergency Service urged residents to prepare for the wet weather by putting in place an emergency plan, and preparing an emergency kit.

They also warned of driving through the wet conditions, which has been a major cause of fatality in previous floods as cars were swept away in flash floods.

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