NSW floods LIVE updates: Wild weather moves towards South Coast as clearer skies appear over Sydney, Mid North Coast

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Looking back at the Sydney radar in one week

It’s hard to believe the rain over Sydney has eased after days of relentless falls.

Weatherzone developer Andrew Miskelly on Tuesday shared the following on social media, captioned: “Reflectivity from Sydney’s weather radar between last Wednesday and this afternoon”.

It shows the Terrey Hill’s radar in the seven days from March 17 to March 23.

162 schools closed across NSW

A total of 162 public schools are closed in NSW “due to localised flooding”.

The Department of Education confirmed the number of non-operational schools in an update at 6am on Wednesday.

“Local flooding and road closures are limiting access to some areas so it may take some days to fully assess any damage to some schools,” a spokesperson for the department said.

“We are continuing to work closely with emergency services to ensure our school communities remain safe and fully informed about any disruption to schooling this week.

“Before leaving home, parents and carers should consider their local situation including any existing road closures, transport disruptions and forecast weather conditions

You can check the full list here.

Good morning

Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of the NSW floods.

Here’s a summary of yesterday’s events:

  • A number of evacuation orders were issued by the NSW SES including for the Colo River, people in low-lying properties in Moree and low-lying areas of Southgate, with up to 15,000 people on standby across the state.
  • Notable rainfall totals to 9am on Tuesday include 150.4 millimetres at Caroda Hill, 150 millimetres at Moree, 132 millimetres at Chillingham, 130 millimetres at Gravesend and 126 millimetres at Limpinwood.
  • Nearly 12,000 people had lodged insurance claims by Tuesday afternoon.
  • The leader of a team of firefighters who rescued a family-of-six from their home near Port Macquarie said they had to pull snakes out of the life rafts being paddling back to safety.
  • SES crew members making the 20 kilometre return boat trip from George Street at Windsor to Wilberforce on Tuesday afternoon said it would take weeks to fully assess the extent of the damage, as the Hawkesbury River peaked at 12.75 metres overnight.
  • Blue skies appeared over Sydney as the Bureau of Meteorology cancelled its severe weather warning for the Metropolitan, Northern Rivers, Mid North Coast, Hunter, Illawarra, Central Tablelands, North West Slopes and Plains, South West Slopes, Australian Capital Territory and Northern Tablelands districts.
  • The bureau said heavy rain, leading to flash flooding for areas of the South Coast and Snowy Mountains continued into the night but conditions would ease “as rain rates drop”.

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