Wild weather is on the way to the South Coast and Illawarra bringing strong wind gusts, thunderstorms and predictions of up to 200 millimetres of rain.
A strong wind warning is in place for the Illawarra coastline, with a severe weather weather warning for heavy rain and damaging winds in areas south of Nowra.
Further south the weather is expected to deteriorate, with up to 200mm of rain possible across Tuesday and Wednesday, particularly in areas around the Far South Coast like Moruya.
"The two major concerns for us are the Bega River which is forecast for a potential moderate rise, and the Moruya River which is forecast for a minor," SES Chief Superintendent Dallas Burnes said.
SES has sent personnel, aviation and high clearance rescue vehicles to these areas.
"We are concerned about the potential for riverine or flash flooding," Mr Burnes said.
"All those local catchments and systems are at risk of quick flash flooding and quick rises due to the heavy nature of this forecast.
"We've prepositioned assets to the areas we are most concerned about, and we've reached out to our interagency partners to prepare their teams should they need to stand up and assist us in our response."
There are weather warnings current for 11 areas across NSW.
From Wednesday, localised rain and strong winds will move towards the coast, with damaging winds up to 90kmh expected in Moruya from late Wednesday morning.
"Over the next 24 to 36 hours we're looking at sustained heavy rainfalls across the state," Mr Burnes said.
Flash flooding and water pooling on roads is possible during this weather pattern, not extended riverine flooding experienced during 2022.
People are urged not to travel in areas of heavy rainfall and keep up-to-date with weather warnings.
"The best rescue we do is the one we don't have to do because the community is making really sensible decisions," Mr Burnes said.
"You really do not know what's under that water, even though it's a road you may have crossed earlier in the day."
For emergency help with floods or storm damage call the SES on 132 500. For life-threatening emergencies call triple-0.
Extreme weather safety tips
- Keep clear of creeks and storm drains
- Don't walk, ride your bike or drive through flood water
- If you are trapped by flash flooding, seek refuge in the highest available place and ring 000 if you need rescue
- Unplug computers and appliances
- Avoid using the phone during the storm
- Stay indoors away from windows, and keep children and pets indoors as well.