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Residents In Coastal Communities Brace For More Wild Weather As Cyclone Looms

Communities in coastal areas of Queensland and New South Wales are bracing for more wild weather, flooding, and a possible cyclone.

Cyclone Uesi is churning out hefty swells along the east coast and is expected to approach Queensland before weakening as it moves south.

Currently it is about 1400km off Australian shores near New Caledonia and tracking south-southwest as a category three system, the Bureau of Meteorology said.

The cyclone is expected to come close to Queensland on Thursday night or Friday.

Parts of Queensland remain on flood watch, with warnings in place for coastal catchments between Bundaberg and the NSW border.

The southern inland is also bracing for significant rain, including Dalby which has flooded once in recent days and could flood again.

Meanwhile, a severe thunderstorm is bearing down on Crows Nest and Haden, moving south and potentially causing flash flooding.

In NSW, residents and businesses have been warned to take precautions to avoid property damage ahead of further predicted rainfall.

The BoM issued a severe thunderstorm warning late on Tuesday for parts of the northern rivers, mid north coast, north west slopes and plains and northern tablelands forecast districts.

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The bureau warned of intense rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in these areas overnight.

The SES is urging residents to take steps to avoid property damage while those already prepared for flooding should leave sandbags and precautionary measures in place.

Those with properties at risk of inundation should raise moveable items such as furniture as high as possible onto benches or tables, placing electrical items on top.

Farmers on low-lying land close to rivers and creeks were urged to monitor livestock, pumps and other equipment.

A very high chance of showers is forecast for Sydney, with 6-25mm possible on Wednesday and 15-35mm possible on Thursday.

The NSW coast was drenched during the weekend, with up to 550 millimetres of rain falling across parts of the northern rivers, mid-north coast, Central Coast, Sydney, Blue Mountains and the Illawarra.

Sydney recorded its heaviest rain in three decades and was battered by gale-force winds, with emergency services left to clear fallen trees, remove debris and extract cars from floodwaters.

On Tuesday night the SES confirmed it had received 12,951 requests for help since last Wednesday night, with 10,660 call-outs completed.

Tens of thousands of NSW households were still without power on Tuesday night, with Ausgrid asking customers to prepare for outages into the weekend.