More storms are forecast to hit northern NSW tonight, with a severe weather warning in place following days of heavy rainfall and strong winds that prompted more than 1,000 calls to the State Emergency Service.

More storms are forecast to hit northern NSW tonight, with a severe weather warning in place and residents sandbagging low lying properties considered at risk.

  • Winds of up to 90kph are expected on the NSW North Coast today
  • Large swells of over 5 metres are causing major beach erosion risks
  • NSW SES has warned motorists to avoid driving in flooded areas

The coastline is being pummelled by gale-force winds combined with abnormally high tides.
The NSW State Emergency Service (SES) said it had received about 1,000 calls for help over the past few days.
Stephanie Heard from the SES said conditions were being closely monitored.
“Currently the NSW SES hasn’t issued any evacuation orders for the north but we’re obviously monitoring that and closely watching the rainfall and if evacuations are required,” she said. 
A severe weather warning has been issued for a region spanning hundreds of kilometres, from Tweed Heads to Port Macquarie.
Jane Golding from the Bureau of Meteorology said the “dangerous rainfall event” would intensify into the evening and tomorrow morning.
“It looks like it’s already started and continuing overnight,” she said.
“Places that saw those really intense falls on Saturday night there’s some places that saw 300 millimetres in 24 hours they could see a repeat of that tonight.”
The popular coastline around Byron Bay has taken a hit with abnormally high tides and 6-metre waves.
Surfers at Coffs Harbour took advantage of rougher conditions on Sunday.(ABC News: Jake Lapham)
Byron Bay’s coastline has been severely eroded by the wild weather over the weekend.(ABC News: Leah White)
Ms Golding said the low-pressure trough produced “very intense rainfall” and gale-force winds the highest recorded in Cape Byron at 104 kilometres per hour.
At Byron Bay trees were seen toppling into the ocean as heavy rain and strong surf pounded the coast causing significant erosion.
“Some sites on the Northern Rivers district have seen around about 400 millimetres in just the last couple of days and there is more rain to come,” Ms Golding said.
Two children were swept away in fast-moving floodwaters at Tyalgum, west of Murwillumbah, prompting two adults to jump in after them.
All four were rescued by emergency crews.
Authorities are urging people not to drive through, swim or wade in floodwaters.
The Bellinger river is inching higher towards Lavenders Bridge amid heavy rain.(ABC News: Jake Lapham)
More than a 150 volunteers helped locals build sand bagging walls in areas near Lismore, Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie, in areas threatened by floodwaters.
Newell Falls at Waterfall Way on route to Dorrigo near Coffs Harbour was a roaring torrent of water, prompting passers by to get their cameras out.
The fourth consecutive day of severe weather led to the closure of the Lavenders Bridge on the Mid-North Coast, one of the only ways in and out of Bellingen.
By nightfall the bridge’s roadway was completely underwater.
It left local girl Lily Targett with a tough decision.
Lily has a parent on either side of the bridge, and the 15-year-old was forced to decide which side of town to hunker down in, with the possibility of being cut off for days.
“My mum’s house is on the south side and my dad’s is on the north side, and I guess I’m just deciding which house to stay at,” she said.
The other way out of town increases the journey to more than 40 minutes, and with patchy flooding in the area, Lily said she felt worried.
“I’ve never had to make this decision before so it’s a bit stressful.”
Cyclone-like conditions forecast for parts of Qld and NSW as wild weather continues.
A number of minor and moderate flood warnings are in place, with rivers expected to rise as rainfall increases overnight.
Chinderah, in the state’s north, has flooded in several areas amid the low pressure system.(ABC News: Cathy Border)
The low-pressure trough off Queensland’s south coast caused abnormally high tides, heavy rain, damaging winds and dangerous surf, with more to come.
Qld’s Fire and Emergency Services Minister Mark Ryan likened the expected conditions to a category-one cyclone event.
The weather bureau has forecast that the weather may ease off late Tuesday or early Wednesday.