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Welcome rain falls across the northern beaches

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MOTORISTS are reminded to take care as rain continues to fall across the Illawarra.

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast rain with possible storms until Tuesday (January 21), with heavy bursts of rain and flash flooding both likely.

The predicted conditions have potential to damage homes and property, as well possibly causing trees and powerlines to fall.

The NSW State Emergency Service is reminding the community of ways to prepare for heavy rainfall and strong wind:

– People can help prevent storm damage around their properties by trimming back overhanging branches

– Secure or store away loose items around the yard or balcony

– Stay clear of fallen trees or powerlines. It’s also important to avoid parking your cars under trees and powerlines; and

– Never drive through floodwater and stay clear of creeks and storm drains

– It’s likely that people will see a lot of water across main roads, the NSW SES is asking people over the next few days to drive to the conditions

– Keep clear of creeks and storm drains

With several large-scale events planned for this weekend, people are urged to take all reasonable steps to ensure their personal safety.

State Emergency Operations Controller, Deputy Commissioner Gary Worboys, said this type of weather can also create hazardous conditions on the roads.

“It has been a while since we’ve had significant rainfall, and while we don’t want to discourage people from enjoying their weekend, I also want to remind all road users take extra care,” Deputy Commissioner Worboys said.

“The key for motorists is drive or ride to the conditions; reduce your speed to make sure there’s enough braking distance between you and the vehicle in front.

“The weather will be particularly problematic for motorcycle riders and cyclists, so it you’ve got to be on the road, wear bright-coloured clothing, be seen by other vehicles, and share the roads safely.

“Those towing vans, trailers, and boats should also exercise added caution as roads will be slippery, and visibility will be impacted.

“Most importantly, if the road conditions get dangerous – things like flash flooding, mud or landslides, debris or trees on the road – get off the road and wait somewhere away from trees, drains and low-lying areas and floodwaters.

For the most up-to-date information during this weather event, visit http://www.bom.gov.auhttps://www.ses.nsw.gov.au, and www.livetraffic.com

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About Mick Roberts

A Sydney journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.

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