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Severe weather eases across ACT and NSW South Coast

Severe weather recorded across the ACT and NSW South Coast on Monday 27 July has backed off as the deep low-pressure system off the central New South Wales coast responsible for the wild weather moves away from the coast.

As of this morning, the ACT State Emergency Service (ACTSES) have responded to 124 calls for help from the community following yesterday’s damaging winds, which were recorded at 76km/h at Canberra Airport.

Gusts pushing 120km/h were recorded across the NSW South Coast, with 113km/h recorded at Ulladulla.

ACT Fire & Rescue and Transport Canberra and City Services are today responding to 20 outstanding jobs.

Most calls for help have been due to fallen trees across Tuggeranong and Calwell, with only a few calls coming from North Canberra.

Other damage reported included flying debris and powerlines coming down.

ACTSES encouraged the Canberra community to remain alert, avoid parking their vehicles under trees and stay away from fallen power lines.

This morning, the Bureau of Meteorology cancelled the Severe Weather Warning issued, given the “immediate threat of severe weather has passed” for the ACT and NSW.

From 25 to 28 July, NSW State Emergency Service (NSW SES) responded to over 1,900 storm and flood jobs across the NSW East Coast. The weather event has also eventuated to 29 flood rescues.

On Monday, many locations along the NSW South Coast recorded in excess of 100 mm of rainfall, while just over 19 mm of rain was recorded at the Canberra Airport across 26-27 July.

While the NSW South Coast heavy rain may have passed, saturated soil and wind can still cause trees to fall on powerlines.

Just before 1pm yesterday, a flood watch – which remains current for a few locations – was issued by NSW SES for NSW South Coast catchments, with an evacuation order issued for Sussex Inlet at 9.30pm last night.

The Bureau of Meteorology expected the Inlet would rise to 1.2m by 9am Tuesday but had hit 1.24m by 1am.

A flood warning remains in place for the Deua River, Bega River, St Georges Basin and Snowy River.

A Hazardous Surf Warning remains current for the NSW central and south coasts today.

Waves heights were expected to remain around 4-5 metres this morning about the South Coast and are due to ease this afternoon and evening.

Call 132 500 for the SES if you need help during storms or floods. In a life-threatening emergency, call Triple Zero (000).

For the most up to date information, visit ACTSES and NSW SES.

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