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Big wet continues across the Tweed from ex-cyclone Oswald

Owen Davy facing the elements at Kingscliff Beach Holiday Park Photo: Troy Kippen
Owen Davy facing the elements at Kingscliff Beach Holiday Park Photo: Troy Kippen Contributed

UPDATED, 4.29pm: Conditions dangerous

At 3.39pm the Bureau of Meteorology has maintained a severe weather warning for the Tweed.

Beach conditions will be dangerous and people should stay well away from the surf and surf exposed areas.

"Destructive winds around 80 kmh with peak gusts of 140 kmh are forecast for parts of the Northern Rivers forecast district," the bureau stated in the warning.

"Destructive winds are expected to ease gradually during Monday morning."

Anyone wanting information on road closures should visit www.myroadinfo.com.au

 

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UPDATED, 3.54pm: Fire call out

TWEED firefighters have attended one electrical fire today because of the wet weather.

Firies quickly extingished the electrical box fire at a home in Charles St.

 

UPDATED, 3.49pm: Fallen trees

SES area controller Chris Chrisostomos said crews were being inundated with calls to clear fallen trees.

Four crews were out helping to clear trees and tarp up homes.

 

UPDATED, 3.04pm: Police say stay home

TWEED police have received reports of trees fallen across roads in Murwillumbah and Tweed Heads.

Acting Inspector Jason Dowds said he expected more trees coming down overnight.

"It's not only about having your lights on while driving and travelling 20km under the speed limit anymore," Acting Insp Dowds said.

"Don't leave home if you don't need to leave home."

 

UPDATED, 2.08pm: Virgin cancels flights

VIRGIN Australia has cancelled all flights to and from the Gold Coast today.

According to the airport spokeswoman, the Gold Coast Airport remains open because visability is good.

 

UPDATED, 12.45pm: SES crews at work

SES volunteers have helped with a few damaged homes but not all crews are on alert yet.

Area controller Chris Chrisostomos said two or three teams were working.

"We had a couple of roof jobs," he said.

"The Uki guage has to get to 4m before we go on alert and all the crews go into headquarters.   That guage is on 2m at the moment."

Mr Chrisostomos said the water was expected to rise overnight.

"It's hard to tell with the storm front mixed up with the rain front," he said. 

 

UPDATED, 11.55am: Winds on high

SES Richmond Tweed has just issued another moderate to major flood warning for the Tweed Valley.

The warning also includes a damaging wind warning with winds about 70kmh and gusts up to 110kmh.

The rescue service advisers motorists to not cross flooded roads.  

 

UPDATED, 11.24am: Caravan park clears out early

CAMPERS at holiday parks along the coast are taking the advice of emergency workers and clearing out as conditions are expected to deteriate tonight.

Owen Davy is one who is bunkering down at Kingscliff Beach Caravan Park while his neighbours continue to pack up.

Mr Davy arrived at the part from Brisbane on Friday.  

"I'm just here for the weekend and it's been like this the whole time," Mr Davy said.

"I think we will hang in there." 

The Bureau of Meteorology has just updated its coastal warning to expected winds of up to 45 knots combined with a sea swell of up to 7m.

 

UPDATED, 11.11am: Beaches empty

BEACHES along the Tweed coast are empty as gale for winds batter the coastline.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued a gale force warning with winds up to 40 knots expected today.

Marine Rescue Point Danger has recorded a swell of between 3-6m this morning.

A marine rescue spokeswoman said the highest swell was 5.43m at 9.30am.

"Not one boat is out there (through the bar) and they are crazy if they try," the spokeswoman said.

The spokeswoman said that Point Danger just had it high tide and there was likely to be a lot of water in the river so conditions on the bar would only get worse.

 

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VIRGIN Australia has cancelled all morning flights to Gold Coast but other airlines continue to fly in to the airport this morning.

A Gold Coast Airport spokeswoman said that Virgin would assess conditions at noon today.

"All other airline partners are at this stage operating as per their schedule," the spokeswoman said.

This may change as the day progresses so we advise all people intending to travel today to contact their airline or check our flight board at www.goldcoastairport.com.au

 

INITIAL REPORT, 9.30am:

IT has been a wet few days in Tweed Heads and the weather is likely to deteriorate further today as ex-tropical cyclone Oswald continues to track south.

The Bureau of Meteorology has a Flood Watch on the Tweed with moderate to major flooding expected.

The warning has been reduced slightly from Friday when the bureau expected major flooding across the region.

In the past 24 hours the heaviest rainfall was in the Tweed hinterland around Limpinwood (110mm) and Couchy Creek (125mm).

Murwillumbah had 67mm of rain in the last 24 hours while Tweed Heads had about 30mm over the same period.

According to the bureau, higher rainfall is expected for the rest of Sunday.

My Daily News will continue to update the situation throughout the day.

Topics:  big wet, ex-tropical cyclone oswald, flood warning, weather


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