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  • Severe Weather Warning (Abnormally High Tides) for Northern Rivers Wed 20 Feb 2019

    Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
    New South Wales
    Severe Weather Warning
    For people in parts of Northern Rivers Forecast District.
    Issued at 2:36 pm Wednesday, 20 February 2019.
    Weather Situation:
    At 11 am AEST, tropical cyclone Oma lies in the eastern Coral Sea, approximately 1100 kilometres northeast of Brisbane. Tropical cyclone Oma is forecast to move to the southwest over the next few days, and will generate a significant east to northeasterly swell over far northern New South Wales beaches. The increasing swell is also expected to combine with king tides.
    ABNORMALLY HIGH TIDES which may cause sea water flooding of low lying areas are possible north of Ballina on Friday.
    Water levels on Friday's morning high tide may exceed the highest tide of the year by around half a metre.
    Hazardous surf conditions are also forecast over the northern New South Wales coast on Thursday and Friday, extending to central parts of the coast over the weekend.
    Locations which may be affected include Tweed Heads, Hastings Point, Byron Bay, Ballina and Brunswick Heads.
    The State Emergency Service advises that people should: 
        * Don't drive, ride or walk through flood water. 
        * For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500. 
    The next Severe Weather Warning will be issued by 11:00 pm AEDT Wednesday.
    Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at or call 1300 659 218. The Bureau and State Emergency Service would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.