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Police urge caution with wet weather forecast until Tuesday

NSW Police and emergency services are reminding the community to take care ahead of wet weather forecast for large parts of the state in coming days.

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast rain with possible storms until Tuesday (21 January 2020), with heavy bursts of rain and flash flooding both likely in parts of NSW.

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

The forecast for Wauchope is heavy showers and a possible thunderstorm on Friday evening, winds west to southwesterly 15 to 20 km/h.

Tomorrow (Saturday) will be cloudy with a very high (90%) chance of showers and the chance of a thunderstorm. Heavy falls are likely, with light winds, day time temperature between 19 and 24 degrees.

Sunday, January 19, will be showery with a possible storm. There's a high (80%) chance of showers with light winds becoming northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h.

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. Its 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; including the Hurstville Lunar New Year Festival, Rosehill Gardens Race Day, Out of Bounds Festival at Campbelltown, and several sporting events, 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 weve had significant rainfall, and while we dont 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 theres enough braking distance between you and the vehicle in front.

The weather will be particularly problematic for motorcycle riders and cyclists, so it youve 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.au, https://www.ses.nsw.gov.au, and www.livetraffic.com.