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A blow to the system

FELLED: Emergency workers deal with a falling tree along the Bruxner Hwy in Goonellabah yesterday.
FELLED: Emergency workers deal with a falling tree along the Bruxner Hwy in Goonellabah yesterday. Marc Stapelberg

RELIEF from the torrential rain and gusty winds produced by ex-tropical cyclone Oswald across the Northern Rivers arrived today.

Bureau of Meteorology senior meteorologist Julie Evans said smiles should return to faces of people in the Northern Rivers once the sun came out.

"The Northern Rivers district forecast for today is certainly a lot better than for the past few days," she said.

"We are expecting the rain to clear around the Northern Rivers this morning with only some isolated shower activity expected.

"A gust of 124kmh was recorded at Cape Byron at 2.42pm."

"There is a possibility of some thunderstorms in the southern parts of the Northern Rivers later this afternoon but we are not expecting a return to the widespread rain we have had over the last few days."

Ms Evans said some amazing wind gusts had been recorded along the coast with Byron Bay copping the brunt of the gusts to become the windiest town in the state yesterday.

"The stronger gusts have been recorded right on the coastal fringe of the Northern Rivers," she said.

"Cape Byron has certainly been the windiest place so far in the state."

"A gust of 124kmh was recorded at Cape Byron at 2.42pm."

Ms Evans said winds should ease overnight across the Northern Rivers.

"We are expecting the pulse of heavy winds to extend southwards as the day progresses," she said.

"The wind in the Northern Rivers was expected to ease in the Northern Rivers late yesterday afternoon or evening."

Despite weather conditions being predicted to ease today, Ms Evans warned people not to be complacent, especially on the beaches.

"The other thing people must remember for today is that the dangerous conditions will still be there and will continue for the next few days," she said.

"Even once the rain and wind does stop we will still have dangerous surf conditions until Wednesday or possibly even longer."

According to the BOM website at 4.30pm yesterday a little rain early in the morning was expected to clear during the day.

Across the Northern Rivers people can expect a mostly sunny afternoon.

Winds across the region are predicted to be between 35 to 50 kmh becoming light in the morning.

For the latest weather information visit bom.gov.au.

What to do in a storm:

  • Move vehicles under cover or away from trees.
  • Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony.
  • Keep clear of fallen powerlines.
  • Don't drive, ride or walk through floodwater.
  • Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
  • If you are trapped by flash flooding, seek refuge in the highest available place and ring 000 if you need rescue.
  • For emergency help in floods and storms, call your local SES Unit on 132 500.

Topics:  ex-tropical cyclone oswald, northern rivers



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