SES say time to prepare for storms

RAINY DAY: Wet, windy weather has been predicted for Bathurst on Friday and Saturday. Photo: FILE
RAINY DAY: Wet, windy weather has been predicted for Bathurst on Friday and Saturday. Photo: FILE

FRIDAY 10.12AM

WEATHERZONE have downgraded the amount of rain expected to fall on Bathurst this Friday and Saturday.

Original predictions were for up to 50 millimetres – more than the entire long-term average rainfall for May.

However, this was dropped to around 20mm expected on Friday, with a further 5mm on Saturday.

THURSDAY, 5.00PM

A MONTH of rain is predicted to fall on Bathurst in just 48 hours, with State Emergency Service (SES) crews urging people to get prepared.

May has been dry so far, with just 0.6 millimetres of rain recorded in a month that usually receives 41.5mm.

But, this Friday it is all set to change with predictions of 30mm of rain, followed by a further 20mm on Saturday.

SES Central West deputy regional controller Mark Darling said crews are watching the developing weather patterns.

“We’re not concerned about it, but we’re monitoring the situation,” he said.

With heavy rain predicted from Friday afternoon, Mr Darling said people should ensure that their properties are prepared.

“Things we do recommend is certainly clearing out the gutters … it’ll reduce the rise of water coming in through blocked drains,” he said.

With winds up to 30km/h predicted, Mr Darling said yards should be cleared of any objects that could be lifted by gusty winds.

  • For emergency help in a flood or storm, call the NSW SES on 132 500.