Residents flee homes as NSW lashed by wild weather

RESIDENTS on NSW's south coast were forced to flee their homes last night following intense flooding and heavy rainfall in the area.

The State Emergency Service said it has received a total of 1900 calls for help since a severe storm started on Saturday.

"Most of those calls overnight were for trees down, flood rescue and also leaking and damage in roofs," NSW SES Deputy Commander Daniel Austin told Sunrise this morning.

'We've had a pretty significant focus around St Georges Basin, where we now have an evacuation order in place for 20 low-lying properties in the Sussex Inlet area."

An evacuation warning was issued for Sussex Inlet last night in response to the wild weather.

The NSW SES issued the evacuation warning Monday night for a number of streets in the coastal town, advising anyone living there to "leave now and move to safety".

"Additional impact may be seen with the influence of wave and wind action," the SES advised.

"Residents in this area should remain alert. Residents should relocate personal possessions to a safe place.

"Leave now, leave the high danger area and move to safety.

"Once floodwater enters low lying areas of Sussex Inlet, properties will be flooded above floor level, road access will be lost, sewerage lines and power to the area may be lost. If you remain in the area you may be trapped, and it may be too dangerous for NSW SES to rescue you."

Endeavour Energy said it is working hard to restore power to 14,500 properties in the Shoalhaven area, two hours south of Sydney, as strong winds and rain brought down powerlines.

"More than 200 electrical hazards on the Endeavour Energy network have been reported since this morning," a spokesperson for Endeavour Energy said.

"Unfortunately this means that some customers will be without power overnight due to the scale of the damage, ongoing bad weather and road closures from flooding."

Flooding at nearby Sanctuary Point, in the Shoalhaven region. Picture: Darren Leigh Roberts
Flooding at nearby Sanctuary Point, in the Shoalhaven region. Picture: Darren Leigh Roberts

The SES is advising anyone at the following addresses to evacuate now:

Wunda Ave - numbers 5, 8, 10, 11, and 13
Elmoos Avenue, numbers 52, 54 and 60
Jacobs Street, number 120
Poole Avenue, number 4
River Road, numbers 155, 266, 270
Cater Crescent, number 4
Banksia Street, number 9
Fairview Avenue, number 9

The Shoalhaven region has been hit worst by the low pressure system.

The low pressure system had made its way down from Queensland, hammering the far north of NSW before smashing the Central Coast, the Hunter Region and Sydney.

The Illawarra region received the brunt of the storm before it moved south, cutting power and causing localised flooding.

Ulladulla on NSW's south coast was lashed by wind gusts of 113km/h and 96km/h in Kiama and Sussex Inlet.

Flooded roads in Sanctuary Point. Picture: Darren Leigh Roberts
Flooded roads in Sanctuary Point. Picture: Darren Leigh Roberts

The Bureau of Meteorology warned that while the heavy rain may be easing, flooding was forecast to peak again.

Moderate flood warnings were also issued for Canowindra, in the central west of NSW.

However the rain was welcomed out west with parts of the state's drought-ravaged regions receiving close to 25mm.

Tamworth recorded a reasonable 31mm of rain while Dubbo caught 20mm of the showers.

Wild weather also lashed parts of Sydney almost 100mm falling on Sydney overnight.

The severe storms caused thousands of homes to lose power with emergency Endeavour Energy crews making their way down to the Shoalhaven to safely restore power.

Originally published as 'Evacuate now': Wild weather lashes state