Australia smashed by wild weather from both side

| 10.08,20. 12:32 AM |

Australia smashed by wild weather from both side

Moruya's river is expected to break its banks tonight at 2.9 metres.

Coastlines on opposite sides of Australia have been battered by gale-force winds and rain that caused flash flooding concerns and sparked evacuations.

In NSW, a coastal trough caused intense gusts as well as mega surf and a downpour, with the south coast the hardest hit.

Over the past 24 hours, up to 200mm fell on towns including Moruya, Nowra and Captains Flat.

The NSW State Emergency Service warned of further flooding in Moruya and urged businesses and residents to begin protecting their properties.

Mark Ethell from the Mourya Waterfront Hotel told 9News authorities urged him to flee.

"They said basically you need to get out — and we're the highest point in town," he said.

Mr Ethell said it could have major ramifications for people living in low-lying areas of the town who have already battled major setbacks this year.

"I'm actually concerned for a lot of the people that have been through the fires, the COVID, they're actually living in caravans, in tents right now," he said.

"(For) a lot of our low-lying areas around town, it's going to be pretty hard."

Across NSW's south coast, the Bureau of Meteorology has issued seven flood watch warnings for areas including Moruya, the Shoalhaven, Bega, and Queanbeyan and Snowy rivers.

The SES has received 700 calls for help since Friday, mostly in the Illawarra and Southern Highlands region. There have been 18 flood rescues.

Authorities are urging residents to move vehicles under cover, secure loose items around their homes and keep at least eight metres away from fallen power lines
Similarly intense weather has also been seen in large parts of Western Australia, where trees were brought down in Perth and boats were smashed together in Fremantle.

A powerful winter weather front caused chaos along the coastline today, with wind gusts above 100km/h and flying debris blasting holes in homes.

"We're expecting a busy night, but we're hoping people have done the right things and cleared up their yards and put things away," Ron Stroet from the SES said.

The damaging winds were far-reaching today.

The strongest were 109km/h felt at Cape Naturaliste, while Rottnest Island rocrded 108km/h winds and Mount Magnet 104km/h.

Afterwards, Perth had a 20mm drenching and Geraldton received 42mm in 24 hours, while Denham had a once-in-three-year weather event when it saw an entire month's worth of rain fall in a single day.

Emergency services have been called to more than 70 requests for help, mainly for water and roof damage or downed power poles, while hundreds of homes in Greenwood, Thornlie, Bayswater and Bibra Lake also had power outages.


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