Flood warnings issued for city’s outer-west

Date: 2021-11-26 09:27:11

Resident Sandy Tito said the fast-moving waters caught residents by surprise and the flooding was the worst the town has seen in decades.

“The whole road in front of my house is all underwater … the water got to the houses on the other side of the road” she said.

Flooding in Cassilis in the NSW Upper Hunter.Credit:Sandy Tito

“We were watching it just pretty much walk in the back door. It was really, really quick.”

Central Sydney was forecast to receive between 35 and 45 millimetres of rain on Friday, while in Penrith there could be up to 50 millimetres.

There is also a flood watch for the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley in north-west Sydney with the potential for minor flooding.

“It’s really important for those in the more flood prone areas to monitor conditions really closely,” Ms Imielska said.

Properties are inundated by floods in Cassilis.

Properties are inundated by floods in Cassilis.Credit:Matt Dean

“We’re not expecting anything like what we saw earlier in the year in March but, with the thunderstorms and flash flooding risk, things can change quite quickly.”

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for damaging winds and heavy rainfall for the greater Newcastle, Hunter, Central Coast, Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury regions, with flash flooding possible.

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The rainy conditions seen across NSW for much of November — resulting in widespread flooding in the Central West, Hunter and North Coast regions — are set to continue into next week.

“The good news is things will really ease and settle into the weekend, but we’ll still have [the] chance of showers through the weekend,” Ms Imielska said.

“We do still have that chance of possible showers through the week.”

Summer across eastern Australia is likely to be wetter than usual with the bureau earlier this week confirming La Niña was now established in the Pacific Ocean for the second year in a row.

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During La Niña, the Pacific Ocean cools along the eastern equator near the Americas, coupled with warm waters in the tropics near Australia, and south-east to north-westerly winds strengthen, driving clouds westward to Australia’s east coast.

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