Once in two-year weather event hits Mid-North Coast


GARDENS around the Mid-North Coast received a much-needed drink duringa prolonged period of consistent rainfall on Tuesday.

Over a24-hour period from 9am Tuesday until 9am on Wednesday a staggering 145 millimetres fell in Port Macquarie.

By comparison, surrounding areas such as Forster received 77 millimetres, Kempsey 37, Dorrigo 25, Taree 9 and Coffs Harbour just 0.2 millimetres.

Weatherzone meteorologist James Casey said it was a once in two or three year event.

“It’s the heaviest rainfall in Port Macquarie since January 2013 when 144 millimetres fell on January 29,” he said.

“It doesn’t happen often.”

But could it be attributed to climate change?

“It’s just weather being weather,” he said.

State Emergency Services were also kept busy with 11 jobs requiring their assistance, with sandbagging required and homes inundated.

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