Evacuation Ordered As Storm Hits NSW
Torrential rain and damaging winds continue to pummel the NSW coast, with flood predictions forcing residents in the north from their homes.
The intense storm that belted Queensland and northern NSW on Saturday began slamming Sydney and the Illawarra on Sunday morning.
Emergency services have received about 3600 calls for help and the State Emergency Service NSW has performed 77 flood rescues, mostly involving stranded motorists.
"Nowhere is spared in this weather event," SES spokesman Phil Campbell said.
More than 9000 homes and businesses remain without power across Sydney and the Central Coast.
Ausgrid workers have been working to restore supply but are facing strong winds and fallen trees across the network, a spokesperson said in a statement.
Although the weather system has moved down from the northern coastline, its effects are still being felt as continued rain threatens to flood the Wilson River on Sunday afternoon.
Flood fears have also prompted an evacuation order for locals at North Lismore, while residents in areas around Tweed and Tumbulgum are on watch for potential evacuations due to local river flood warnings.
A minor flood warning has been issued for the Georges River in Sydney while residents near Narrabeen Lake in Sydney's north have also been warned of rising waters, although no flood warning has been formally issued.
Police have tweeted to parents of students at a Narrabeen Sports Academy to collect their children at Narrabeen Surf Club after evacuating the students "as precaution due to flood risk".
Sydney is set to cop more pounding rain throughout the day, with predictions of 100mm of rain, and up to 200mm on the Illawarra escarpment.
Destructive wind gusts of 100km/h will continue along the entire coastline where surf conditions remain dangerous, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.
"It's not a day to be on or near the water," senior BOM meteorologist Adam Morgan said.
A 13 metre wave has been recorded at Crowdy Head on the mid north coast, while waves averaging four to six metres have been hitting Sydney.
Meanwhile, motorists are advised to avoid all non-essential travel as flash-flooding continues to swamp roads.
The weather is expected to start clearing at Sydney about 5pm on Sunday as the system moves south towards Tasmania.