More residents have been ordered to evacuate houses and caravan parks after forecasters predicted historic flooding for parts of NSW.
More than 2,000 people have been told to prepare to leave their home as evacuation orders were issued at Cornwallis and the eastern part of Richmond lowlands on Friday morning.
Residents in parts of Cattai, Pitt Town and Agnes Banks were also told to clear out for fear of being trapped without power and water.
Major flood warnings are in place for rivers in the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley and the NSW Central and South Coast after torrential rain drenched the Sydney, Shoalhaven and Wollongong regions on Thursday.
More than 150 NSW schools have been closed on the last day of term with parents told it is unsafe to send their children to the classroom.
Weatherzone meteorologist Joel Pippard warned the south coast would cop the worst of the downpour on Friday before the wild weather finally cleared by Sunday.
More residents have been ordered to evacuate houses and caravan parks after forecasters predicted historic flooding for parts of NSW due to the severe weather (The Boatshed at Woronora, in Sydney’s south)
Major flood warnings are in place for rivers in the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley and the NSW Central and South Coast after torrential rain drenched the Sydney, Shoalhaven and Wollongong regions on Thursday (Cliffs transformed into waterfalls along the coast of Diamond Bay and Dover Heights in Sydney)
The torrential downpour has already caused widespread damage in Rose Bay North (pictured)
‘For the coast expect widespread rainfall of between 20 to 40mm,’ he said. ‘I may be a little bit lighter for Sydney with 15mm to 30mm.
‘The heaviest rain will be on the south-coast, south of Ulladulla, where 30 to 60mm is expected to fall. Some isolated pockets could record 70 to 80mm.’
Water is also spilling over Warragamba Dam, which was at capacity when the downpour started.
Resilience NSW Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons told Nine’s Today program on Friday three evacuation centres have opened to support people who are facing another evacuation after already fleeing their homes several times in the past 18 months.
‘This is really taking a toll with people right across NSW,’ Mr Fitzsimmons said.
The NSW education department has listed 154 schools, predominantly around Greater Sydney, the Illawarra and Shoalhaven regions that are not operating due to adverse weather conditions on Friday morning.
Schools closed include Kurnell Public School in the Sutherland Shire, Camden High School in southwest Sydney, Fairy Meadow Public School in the Wollongong area, and Mount Kembla Public School in the Illawarra.
The Nepean River at Wallacia is expected to reach 12.9m – smashing the 11metre major flood level.
SES volunteers head out in a boat to help residents in Camden, who were placed under evacuation orders on Thursday
Flash flooding on Pittwater Road on the Northern Beaches on Thursday morning
On Thursday, evacuation orders were issued for residents in Camden and Chipping Norton in Sydney’s southwest and Woronora, Bonnet Bay and Gronos Point on Thursday, as flood waters began to rise.
The Central Coast experienced the worst of the rainfall with Woy Woy recording 146mm over the past 24 hours.
Mount Pleasant, south of Wollongong, recorded 128mm while Newcastle down to the Illawarra and Central Tablelands recorded between 50 to 100mm.
People were also warned to prepare to clear out in parts of Ebenezer, Emu Plains, Mulgoa, Sackville North, Pitt Town Bottoms, Camden, Elderslie, Wallacia Weir and North Richmond for fear of being trapped without power and water.
In Camden, numerous rescues were carried out on Thursday afternoon as the Nepean River burst its banks, with at least five people retrieved with State Emergency Service boats, footage aired on the Nine Network showed.
Sydney’s rocky cliff’s have been transformed into rushing waterfalls as a rain bomb continued to drench the city in torrential downpours on Thursday
Sydney roads were submerged by flash flooding as torrential rain battered the city on Wednesday
A small whirlpool emerged in a Corrimal street, in north Wollongong, (pictured) as floodwaters streamed down suburban streets on Thursday
Warnings for possible evacuation were also in place for Stuarts Point on the mid-north coast, Stonequarry Creek, Picton and parts of Camden and Elderslie Sydney’s southwest, and Wallacia Weir in the Blue Mountains.
Major flooding is occurring on the Nepean, and flood levels at Menangle are expected to peak over record heights reached in 1988.
There is also major flooding at North Richmond on the Hawkesbury River, although the Bureau of Meteorology believes the rises will not be as severe as the flooding that occurred last month.
Mr Pippard said the rainfall would move towards the Central Corridor and bring much needed rain for farmers.
‘This rain will pick up in inland areas that have not been as wet as the coast,’ he said.
‘From Bourke down to Dubbo and down to Griffith and Deniliquin
Residents walking with umbrellas in the Parramatta CBD, in western Sydney, as flooding hit regional towns
Five day weather forecast
Friday: Max 22C (showers, possible storm)
Saturday: Min 17C, Max 24C (showers)
Sunday: Min 17C, Max 25C (shower or two)
Monday: Min 16C, Max 26C (mostly sunny)
Tuesday: Min 17C, Max 25C (shower or two)
Friday: Max 27C (shower or two)
Saturday: Min 20C, Max 27C (shower or two)
Sunday: Min 19C, Max 28C (shower or two)
Monday: Min 19C, Max 29C (possible shower)
Tuesday: Min 19C, Max 29C (partly cloudy)
Friday: Max 27C (mostly sunny)
Saturday: Min 15C, Max 27C (sunny)
Sunday: Min 18C, Max 29C (partly cloudy)
Monday: Min 17C, Max 28C (cloudy)
Tuesday: Min 17C, Max 26C (cloudy)
Friday: Max 18C (showers)
Saturday: Min 12C, Max 20C (showers)
Sunday: Min 12C, Max 22C (partly cloudy)
Monday: Min 10C, Max 24C (partly cloudy)
Tuesday: Min 11C, Max 22C (shower or two)
Friday: Max 23C (partly cloudy)
Saturday: Min 15c, Max 25C (partly cloudy)
Sunday: Min 17C, Max 26C (partly cloudy)
Monday: Min 17C, Max 21C (showers increasing)
Tuesday: Min 13C, Max 18C (showers)
Friday: Max 26C (shower or two)
Saturday: Min 14C, Max 23C (partly cloudy)
Sunday: Min 13C, Max 23C (shower or two developing)
Monday: Min 13C, Max 22C (possible shower)
Tuesday: Min 12C, Max 26C (mostly sunny)
Friday: Max 21C (sunny)
Saturday: Min 10C, Max 25C (sunny)
Sunday: Min 15C, Max 25C (shower or two)
Monday: Min 11C, Max 16C (shower or two)
Tuesday: Min 8C, Max 19C (possible shower)
Friday: Max 34C (mostly sunny)
Saturday: Min 25C, Max 35C (partly cloudy)
Sunday: Min 25C, Max 35C (partly cloudy)
Monday: Min 25C, Max 35C (partly cloudy)
Tuesday: Min 25C, Max 34C (shower or two, possible storm)
Source: Bureau of Meteorology