FLOOD RESCUES IN NORTHERN NSW AFTER PEOPLE IGNORE WARNINGS

At least three flood rescues have been carried out in northern New South Wales, as a low and trough continues to bring heavy rain and strong winds to the region.

The rescues have been the result of people ignoring flood warnings.

Floodwater has closed the Pacific Highway in both directions between Grafton and Ballina, and the highway is expected to remain closed until at least 11:00pm tonight.

Significant downpours have been recorded across the region.

Yamba recieved 157mm in the 24 hours to 9am today, bringing the monthly total to 418mm, more than double the average.

Careys Peak (179mm) and Bellingen (142mm) also received significant downpours until 6am this morning, while Red Hill, Woolgoolga and Comboyne have all recorded more than 100mm each.

A severe weather warning is in place for the Northern Rivers, Mid North Coast, Hunter and Northern Tablelands districts.

For more information, visit http://www.weatherzone.com.au/warnings.jsp

Image courtesy Amanda Playford‎.