Weather in Sydney will worsen; Flood warnings issued for Hawkesbury-Nepean

The current concern for the NSW SES is the state interior as thousands of spectators flock to the Bathurst 1000.

Significant rainfall is expected over the Bathurst area, Gunnedah and around Forbes in the coming days, with a renewed major flood warning for the Gwydir, Namoi, Macquarie, Belubula, Lachlan, Bogan and Mandagery Creek rivers from Friday through the weekend.

Pack your umbrellas: Sydney is in for a wet weekend.

Pack your umbrellas: Sydney is in for a wet weekend. Recognition:Louise Kennerley

Noble said he was concerned people traveling to and from the event would not drive to the conditions and urged supercar race drivers to stick to the main roads.

“Don’t be a fool and ride in the water. You can look at Google Maps and think, “I can take a back road.” You have to stick to the main roads,” he said.

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Major flooding was also ruled “possible” for parts of the Lower Hunter River and Wollombi Brook over the weekend.

Emergency Services Secretary Steph Cooke said her main concern is complacency over the next 48 hours.

“We are currently in the middle of two rainy weather systems and expect weather conditions to worsen during this time,” she said.

“On that basis we are asking communities to work with us at this time, particularly communities in the Hawkesbury Nepean area.

“The risk of complacency is always something we worry about and that’s why we keep stepping up our game and keeping the community informed every day.”

A number of roads in Sydney are still closed due to flooding after the wettest year since records began on Thursday.

Oxford Falls Road is closed between Wakehurst Parkway and Aroona Road in Oxford Falls, while Cambridge Avenue is closed between Canterbury Road and Moorebank Avenue in Glenfield.

Cattai Road is also closed between Wisemans Ferry Road and Mitchell Park Road in Cattai and Audley Weir is still closed in the Royal National Park.

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