South Coast storm hits

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The South Coast is copping a bucketing Tuesday as two storm cells converge from the north and south.

NSW SES units in the Illawarra South Coast Region have received more than 35 requests for assistance on the South Coast this morning, with many calls related to flash flooding in the Narooma area.

The NSW SES is urging residents to take extra care on roads and make safe decisions as heavy rainfall and damaging winds make their way up the South Coast towards the Illawarra.

It says there is a strong possibility of flash flooding and is reminding motorists to never drive through flood water. Flood waters are often deeper or fasting flowing than expected and contain hidden snags or debris. Parents should ensure children do not play in flood waters stay away from stormwater drains.

Thunderstorms and heavy rain are predicted for Tuesday afternoon and may lead to flash flooding in low lying areas. Widespread rain of up to 60mm may fall across the Illawarra, with larger amounts of up to 150mm possible in some areas.

Earlier this morning, NSW SES volunteers responded to a vehicle trapped between flood waters at Dalmeny on the South Coast.

NSW SES volunteers from across the Illawarra are currently on standby, while teams are active on the South Coast assisting residents with about 40 flood and storm-related tasks.

For emergency assistance in floods and storms, call the NSW SES on 132 500 or 000 in a life-threatening emergency.

Damaging winds around 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of 90 to 110 km/h are forecast to develop during Tuesday afternoon for the coastal fringe of of the Metropolitan, Hunter and Illawarra 

Very heavy surf which may lead to localised damage and coastal erosion is forecast for the metropolitan, Hunter and Illawarra.

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

The NSW State Emergency Service advise that people should:

- Move vehicles under cover or away from trees.

- Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony.

- Keep clear of fallen power lines.

- Don't drive, ride or walk through flood water.

- 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 the NSW SES on 132 500.

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