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Waves nearly 12 metres high recorded at Batemans Bay - Deua River about to peak at 5 metres at Wamban

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Wave heights of nearly 12 metres were recorded at Batemans Bay today. (All images courtesy Josh Burkinshaw).

  • Waves of nearly 12 metres recorded at Batemans Bay
  • Severe weather warning remains current 
  • Flash flooding and motorists warned not to drive through flood waters
  • Deua River minor flooding to peak at 7pm 
  • Power still out for much of the Eurobodalla 
  •  Conditions are forecast to ease overnight or during Tuesday morning as the low weakens and moves east

The Bureau of Meteorology says the Batemans Bay wave rider buoy has recorded significant wave heights of 5-6m today, with a maximum wave height of 11.6m earlier this afternoon. 

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Waves washed on to Beach Road at the usually calm Caseys Beach this afternoon. 

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 Surfers at Caseys Beach found the waves irresistible and took to the water.

Severe weather warning remains current this evening

A deep low pressure system lies off the The Illawarra coast and is expected to remain slow moving, bringing damaging winds, rain and large wind-driven waves along southern parts of the coast. Conditions are forecast to ease overnight or during Tuesday morning as the low weakens and moves east.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h are expected along the parts of the Illawarra and the South Coast districts, possibly reaching the far southeast of Sydney this evening.

DAMAGING WINDS are also possible for parts of the Snowy Mountains, Southern Tablelands, ACT, Southern Highlands and the coastal ranges of South Coast this evening. For Alpine areas above 1900 metres, winds may average 80 to 90 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 120 km/h.

Winds are expected to gradually ease overnight or on Tuesday morning, as the low gradually weakens and moves east.

VERY HEAVY SURF which may lead to localised damage and coastal erosion with wind-driven large sea waves is likely for coastal areas south of Sydney, especially in the south-facing surf zones.

Beach conditions in these areas could be dangerous and people should stay well away from the surf and surf exposed areas.

A Hazardous Surf Warning is also current for coastal areas between the South Coast and Hunter Coast. See http://www.bom.gov.au/nsw/warnings/hazardoussurf.shtml.

Although rainfall rates have eased across the southern coast, steady rain is continuing in the region tonight. A Flood Warning is current for the Deua River and St Georges Basin on the South Coast. A Flood Watch is also current for the South Coast river catchments.

Flood information - Deua River

Heavy rainfall has been recorded in the Deua River catchment since Sunday
morning. 

This rain has caused minor flooding along the Deua River at Wamban.

Rain has eased since 3pm Monday.

The Moruya river at Moruya is expected to remain below the minor flood level.

The Deua River at Wamban is expected to peak near 5.0 metres around 7pm Monday with minor flooding.