Tweed faces damaging winds, but flood threat low
So there's the good news and then there's the bad news.
The Tweed looks like it will escape significant flooding despite the influx of wet weather, but strong, and possibly dangerous, winds will likely keep emergency service crews on their toes.
The Bureau of Meteorology released a severe weather warning for damaging wind at 9.56am, but the Tweed was not issued a flood warning, unlike our southerly neighbours around the Richmond River.
"There's a severe weather warning out for the Northern Rivers today," A bureau spokesman said.
"The area can expect damaging wind around 70km per hour, with peak gusts of 90km per hour, easing this afternoon."
Conditions appear to be rapidly changing, as rainfall slows and fine, clear days appear to be on the horizon.
"For the twenty four hour midnight to midnight we're saying there was 10-30mm for the Tweed," the spokesman said.
"In the twenty four hours leading to today Lismore had 55mm and Tweed Heads had 65.
"But there was enough rain on the upper ranges of the Wilson River to swell catchments, which is why Lismore is facing more severe conditions."
The spokesman was confident sunshine and mild weather would bring some relief later this week.
"Looking ahead for the rest of the week it's going to be fine and partly cloudy, with temps on Friday reaching about 23 degrees," he said.
While conditions are improving, the following roads are listed by myroadinfo.com.au as inundated with water. Some roads may have cleared, but care is advised.
- Round Mountain Rd is closed due to water over the road.
- Stokers Rd is closed due to a flooded temporary bridge.
- Tweed Valley Way is closed due to water over the road.
- Urliup Rd Bilambil is closed due to water over crossings.
- Wooyung Rd is closed due to flooding.
- Astron Rd is not closed but caution is advised due to water over the road.
- Tweed Coast Rd Pottsville is not closed but caution is advised due to water over road between Pottsville School and Shell Service Station
Visit myroadinfo.com.au for updated reports on road conditions.
The SES advises that people should move vehicles under cover or away from trees, secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony and keep clear of fallen power lines.
For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.