Wild weather set to lash Tweed
GALE-FORCE winds, flooding and a lot more rain is what the Tweed is in for this weekend.
Businesses at South Tweed were stranded yesterday, a school swimming carnival was cancelled and higher than average road accidents reported due to heavy downpours.
In what is believed to be the wettest day so far this year, the highest recorded rainfall, the Tweed Daily News was aware of was 105mm at Bilambil in the 24 hours up to 3pm yesterday.
Owner of Machinery Drive business On The Rocks Jewellery Jodie Norrish said the flooding definitely dampened business.
“It's been dead, except for a few men picking up engagement rings for Valentine's Day,” she said yesterday.
Mrs Norrish said she was surprised that anyone, even a Tweed Daily News photographer, would brave the wild conditions.
“I haven't seen the flooding this bad in ages,” she said of the water which completely covered the busy road.
“It's been a while since it came right up over the footpath.”
Mrs Norrish said a smaller car stalled in one of the deeper sections after driving through too fast.
“He was trying to push the car out himself but luckily a ute stopped and towed him out.”
The side of the road, Mrs Norrish said, was easily 30cm deep.
“I think they need to clean out the drains so it has somewhere to go.”
Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Jake Phillips said the wet weather was just starting.
“The Tweed area is going to get more rain,” he said.
“It's quite likely during the second half of tomorrow rain will increase dramatically.”
Mr Phillips said Tweed was in for some pretty decent rainfalls, with the bureau issuing a severe weather warning for flooding yesterday.
But he said the duration of the flooding depended on each area's landscape. “Generally in past events flooding is over in a few days.”
Mr Phillips also predicted warnings to be issued for gale-force coastal winds, classified as those exceeding 34 knots or 63km an hour, and dangerous surf conditions.
“There will be stronger winds particularly tomorrow,” he said.
“Hail is unlikely but there may be a few thunder storms, most likely on Sunday.”
Mr Phillips said the cause of the weather is a combination of onshore winds and upper level troth.
“You've had a high pressure system over the Tasman (Sea) which is directing easterly winds, carrying a lot of moisture, in the region.”
Measured over 24 hours, to 3pm yesterday.
- Bilambil: 105mm
- Chillingham: 62mm
- Cabarita: 14mm
- Kingscliff: 80mm
- Dunroby: 78mm
- Tweed Heads: 101mm