Woman survives after car flattened by falling tree
A WOMAN aged in her 40s has miraculously survived after a massive gum tree fell over the car she was driving during tonight's east coast low.
The accident happened as the woman drove eastbound on Middle Boambee Road, south-west of Coffs Harbour just after 6.15pm.
Ambulance media said the woman was hospitalised with a number of fractures, including a broken femur.
Coffs Clarence Highway Patrol Supervisor Sergeant Jarrod Langan said because the tree crushed the roof of the Holden Commodore, cutting the woman and only occupant free took almost two hours.
State Emergency Service crews performed the rescue.
Police said officers on scene believe had the tree fallen even a few millimetres in a different direction the outcome could have been catastrophic.
The woman is in a stable condition and recovering at Coffs Harbour Health Campus.
TREES have been cleared off the Pacific Hwy between Urunga and Coffs Harbour.
URUNGA TO COFFS HARBOUR:The #PacificHwy is open and the trees have been removed from the road.— Live Traffic NSW (@LiveTrafficNSW) August 3, 2016
10.30PM: IT'S been a busy night for local SES crews, who have responded to 115 jobs across the Coffs Coast as an east coast low continues to bring strong winds and heavy downpours.
Coffs Harbour SES unit controller Bill Roffey said one of the most severe jobs of the evening was a crash on Middle Boambee Rd, where a tree came down on a car.
SES were on scene for more than 2.5 hours removing the tree off the car and road.
Crashes were also reported this evening at Thomspons Rd and the Waterfall Way off ramp on the Pacific Hwy.
Mr Roffey said evacuations are unlikely at this stage with stream gauges indicating low readings.
"They haven't been the same numbers since June 4," Mr Roffey said.
"I think we're really getting to the end of it now which is good."
Mr Roffey thanked the community for their patience during the storm period.
"People have been extremely patient which is great."
10PM: AS the rain eases on the Coffs Coast, with the east coast low moving further north there have been some sizeable rainfall totals recorded across the region over the past 24 hours.
Coffs Harbour gauges:
Englands Rd - 134mm
Red Hill - 132mm
Bennetts Rd - 124mm
Loaders Ln - 121mm
Shepherds Ln - 114mm
Sawtell - 110mm
Industrial Dr - 103mm
Buchanan's Rd - 97mm
Perry Dr - 96mm
Middle Boambee - 96mm
Gundagai St - 89mm
Pacific Hwy Corindi River - 66mm.
Crystal Creek - 144mm
Dorrigo Mountain Top - 104mm
Gleniffer - 91mm
Upper Darkwood - 87mm
Thora - 86mm.
Bowraville Sugarloaf - 128mm
Stuarts Island - 110mm
Taylors Arm - 87mm
Bowraville - 81mm,
FALLEN trees have been reported along a number of roads across the Coffs Coast.
Drivers are being urged to delay non-essential travel.
THOUSANDS of homes across the Coffs Coast remain without power this evening. The interactive map below details where Essential Energy have identified outages.
POLICE are warning motorists to cancel non-essential travel around the Coffs Coast as the east coast low hammers the region.
POWER has been restored in some parts of the Mid North Coast during the East Coast Low ripping through the region this evening.
In the past hour, Essential Energy said power has been restored to more than 1,800 customers in Kalang, Raleigh, Boambee, Port Macquarie and further north in Ballina.
Essential Energy said it is a great result by crews working in some challenging conditions.
About 400 customers remain without power as crews continue to make repairs in Kings Creek, where trees came over powerlines along Arranbee Road, Arakoon and Stuarts Point.
Customers can contact Essential Energy on 13 20 80 for further information.
MOTORISTS can check the latest updates for local road conditions using the My Roads Info app.
For commuters outside of Coffs Harbour, a tree is blocking both lanes about halfway along James Smalls Dr in both directions.
2PM: THERE are concerns abnormally high tides coupled with torrential rain from a building East Coast Low may cause flooding in Nambucca Heads.
The State Emergency Service has begun sandbagging businesses and homes on the Nambucca River.
A 1.74metre high tide will rise at 9pm tonight and a 1.68m high tide on Thursday night.
The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast the East Coast Low will form south of Tweed this afternoon and drop more than 80mm of rain for the Nambucca Valley over the next 12 hours.
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a flood watch for rivers, creeks and low lying land on the Coffs Coast.
"A developing low pressure system off the northern New South Wales coast will move slowly northwards on Wednesday, before moving east over the Tasman Sea during Thursday. This weather system is expected to bring heavy rainfall to the NSW mid-north coast," the bureau advised.
The weather system coupled with spring tides has the potential to cause riverine as well as local flash flooding in the following river valleys from today onwards:
Orara River - minor flooding
Coffs Coast - minor flooding
Bellinger and Kalang River Valley - minor to moderate flooding
Nambucca River Valley - minor flooding
Macleay River Valley - minor flooding
Hastings River Valley - minor flooding
Camden Haven River Valley - minor flooding
Manning River Valley - minor flooding
11.30am: THE State Emergency Service's Coffs Harbour unit will have seven crews on standby this evening awaiting the arrival of an expected East Coast Low.
While predicted rainfall over the past 12 hours has not eventuated so far, with falls of up to 20mm across the Coffs Coast, the SES has been advised to expect torrential rain and the chance of flash flooding this afternoon and tonight.
"We are being advised the east coast low should form around Tweed and Byron Bay and work its way south over Coffs Harbour throughout this afternoon and this evening," SES unit controller Bill Roffey said.
"Coffs Harbour has been forecast to expect falls up to 100mm.
"As we saw with that east coast low in June, Coffs Harbour at that point was forecast to receive 100mm to 140mm and we received almost 400mm over that period. We'll just monitor the gauges and creek levels.
"We will have crews on standby as we are being told the worst is yet to come."
At this morning's Legends Breakfast at the Coffs Harbour Racing Club there was a lot of chatter about how the rain may impact on tomorrow's Carlton Mid Coffs Harbour Gold Cup.
The track has today been rated a heavy 4 for the prelude races and stewards will make track assessments tomorrow morning hoping improved track drainage will minimise the impact on the racing.
On the beaches, some of Australia's leading amateur surfers contesting the Australian Festival Surfing are hoping for the east coast low to bring large swell tonight.
"Yeah the bigger the waves the better, so yeah bring on the swell," Ethan Smith from Surfing NSW said.
"We are tucked in behind the headland at Diggers today out of the southerly winds, but the forecast is for swell up to 4-metres tomorrow, so if that happens we will almost certainly shift the competition up to Arrawarra for the longboard titles tomorrow.
"We have some of Australia's best surfers here in Coffs, so big surf would be perfect."
10.30am: THE Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for the Coffs Coast with forecasts of heavy rain, strong winds and large waves on the North Coast today.
A developing low pressure system off the North Coast will slowly move northwards during the day before moving east over the Tasman Sea tomorrow, the bureau has advised.
"Heavy rain, which may lead to flash flooding is likely across the southern and central parts of the Mid North Coast, extending to northern parts of the Mid North Coast and southern parts of the Northern Rivers by this afternoon and evening," the bureau advised.
Rainfall totals in excess of 100mm are predicted along the coast with localised totals above 200mm possible in some locations.
Winds gusts average 60 to 70kmh are expected later today and abnormally high tides.
24 hour totals in excess of 100 mm are likely, with localised totals above 200 mm possible. HEAVY RAIN is also possible with thunderstorm activity in these districts today.
Locations which may be affected include Grafton, Coffs Harbour, Kempsey, Port Macquarie, Taree and Dorrigo.
So far Mooral Creek (Mid North Coast) has received 112mm of rain over the last 24 hours.
Mt Seaview (Mid North Coast) has received 103mm of rain over the last 24 hours.