'A Dangerous Place To Be': Monster Waves And A Deluge Of Rain To Hammer NSW
Rain is expected to hit Sydney and the east coast on Friday as ex-tropical Cyclone Uesi continues to move south offshore.
The Bureau of Meteorology said these showers will build over the weekend, with active thunderstorms expected on both Saturday and Sunday afternoons, particularly through western Sydney.
The NSW weather services acting manager, Mike Funnell, said Uesi will cause powerful surf along the coastline meaning the sea is a "dangerous place to be" this weekend.
Hazardous surf and swell conditions are expected on the Byron coast, Coffs coast, Macquarie coast, Hunter coast, Sydney coast, Illawarra coast, Batemans coast and Eden coast on Friday, due to winds created by Cyclone Uesi.
Flood warnings are also in place for the Tweed, Wilsons, Richmond, Brunswick, Bellinger, Marshalls, Wooli, Bellingen, Upper Nepean, Tuggerah Lake, Orara River, Weir River and Paroo River.
Rain is forecast for much of the coast on Friday with major falls expected in Sydney, the Northern Tablelands, Mid-North Coast, Hunter and South Coast.
High rainfall over the past week has caused havoc with flash flooding and storm damage particularly through northern rivers and the state's east coast.
However, the rain has brought delight to firefighting efforts however, as the NSW Rural Fire Service on Thursday said there were no uncontained fires for the first time this season.
In a video posted on Twitter, NSW RFS deputy commissioner Rob Rogers said although not all fires are out, it was a welcome change for firefighters and residents.
"All fires are contained so we can really focus on helping people rebuild," Mr Rogers said on Thursday.
On Thursday night, 15,000 homes and businesses were without power across Sydney and the Central Coast, including three schools in Arcadia, Peakhurst and Somersby.
There are currently 24 fires burning in NSW, all south of Sydney.
In Queensland, a downpour that has swept away cars, flooded roads and swollen rivers across parts of the state will ease on Friday.
Widespread heavy falls across the state's southeast corner will begin to drop off on Friday, particularly on the Gold Coast, forecasters predict.
A search is ongoing for missing woman Yang Chen, 26, who disappeared in the Gold Coast hinterland while walking with a man near Gorge Falls in the Tallebudgera Valley.
It comes after the discovery of the body of a man who had been kayaking on the Mary River on the Sunshine Coast.
Schools and childcare centres have also been closed amid the deluge.
Floodwaters will take some time to drain away however falls are expected to top 5-15mm over the weekend, the Bureau of Meteorology says.
A major flood warning in place for the Logan River at Beaudesert, along with a mild warning for the Albert River on Thursday will continue into Friday.
In the north, severe to extreme heatwave conditions are playing out almost everywhere north of Longreach, apart from the northern peninsular area.
Those more extreme conditions are being felt between Cairns and Townsville, and northwest of Mt Isa.
Showers and thunderstorms are forecast across the far north and Cape York from early next week, with showers returning to much of the state from Sunday.
Hazardous swell that has lured some of Australia's top surfers to the Gold Coast will continue into Friday but east over the weekend as ex-Tropical Cyclone Uesi tracks due east of the Queensland-NSW border.