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Australia: Flood warnings lifted in wine country – heavy rains still expected

The State Emergency Service is preparing for possible flash flooding in parts of the Hunter Valley this afternoon despite the cancellation of a flood watch. 

The Bureau of Meteorology says heavy rain is now unlikely in the Paterson, Williams and Karuah Valleys, but a severe weather warning is still current.

SES Hunter region controller Amanda Williamson says the low pressure system will mainly affect southern areas of the state, but heavy rain is still expected in parts of the Lower Hunter. 

“We’re expecting that Low pressure system that is currently developing off the east coast to come across the Hunter somewhere between midday and four o’clock this afternoon,” she says 

We’re expecting that the storm front will bring fairly significant rainfall probably in the area of about 120 millimetres.”

We expect that it will fairly heavy but we also expect that it will move away quite quickly.” 

Ms Williams says if the system dumps heavy rain on the region, crews are ready to respond.

“We have a number of crews that have been operating throughout the Hunter region that have been responding to storm damage and damage to property and houses” she says.

We continue to have those crews on stand-by throughout the day.”

In particular we want to make sure that our flood rescue technicians throughout the Hunter are well prepared and on standby.”

– Weatherzone


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