UPDATE: Severe weather continues to batter NSW coast


Newcastle and its surrounding regions are likely to endure more heavy showers throughout the day as a low-pressure trough lying along the NSW Coast generates very wet and windy conditions.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued another severe weather warning this morning, Sunday 21 March, which will see most parts of the area experience further rain during the next 12-to-18 hours.

However, in some places the severe weather may continue through to Monday or Tuesday.

The areas most likely to see heavy falls in the next 6-12 hours are the Northern Rivers, Mid-North Coast, Hunter, and eastern parts of the Central Tablelands districts.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster David Wilke says the weather will likely lessen in the Newcastle and Hunter regions over the next few days.

“Rainfall will start to ease in intensity as we head into tomorrow and Tuesday, around 40-60mm is likely to fall in the area for the next few days but we could see higher,” he said.

“It is going to be wet even though conditions are easing.

“As we head into Tuesday another big front is pushing through, and it is probably going to bring an increased risk.

“We’ll also witness an increased risk of storms but as [the front] moves through it will clear the heaviest rain, from Wednesday onwards we should see an easing of conditions.”   

He adds that showers will likely persist until later in the week.

More roads are expected to be cut off by water, and there will be an increased risk of landslips during the warning period.

Several roads within the Newcastle, Hunter, Lake Macquarie and Port Stephens regions are already closed to the public.


Shortland Esplanade is closed due to a landslide. The road is also closed for pedestrian access. A number of homes have been evacuated in the area.

Anderson Drive in Beresfield is also closed.

Several other streets around the suburb are also closed, including:

  • Sandgate Road, Wallsend (between Englund and Douglas Streets).
  • Industrial Drive, Tighes Hill between Elizabeth and William Streets.
  • Industrial Drive, Tighes Hill between Crebert and Ingall Streets.
  • Newcastle Inner City Bypass, Jesmond – University Drive on-ramp southbound.

Sandgate Road between Astra Street and Newcastle Inner City Bypass is now closed in both directions. Drivers are being asked to use an alternative route.


The following roads are closed in the Maitland LGA:

  • Woodberry Road in Woodberry from Turners Road to Nilands Lane
  • Queens Wharf in Morpeth.
  • Cessnock Road, Gillieston Heights, at Testers Hollow
  • Duckenfield Road, Berry Park
  • Dickenson Road, Melville
  • Allandale Road, Allandale
  • Maitland Vale Road, Rosebrook
  • Melville Ford Bridge and Melville Ford Road
  • All roads throughout Millers Forest including Scotch Creek Road, Martins Wharf Road, Nalleys Creek Road and Turners Road

Emergency works are also being completed on Wollombi Road.


The following roads have been closed in Cessnock:

  • Old North Road, Rothbury
  • Richmond Vale Road, Richmond Vale
  • James Lane, Sawyers Gully
  • Alkira Avenue, Cessnock
  • Yilgarn Avenue, Cessnock
  • Pangari Parade, Cessnock
  • Subiaco Avenue, Cessnock
  • Anzac Avenue, Cessnock
  • Government Circuit, Cessnock
  • Watagan Creek Road, Laguna
  • Milsons Arm Road, Laguna
  • Narone Creek Road, Laguna
  • Dairy Arm Road, Laguna
  • Murrays Run Road, Laguna
  • Great North Road, Laguna
  • Yango Creek Road, Laguna
  • Upper Yango Creek Road, Laguna
  • Paynes Crossing Road, Wollombi
  • Cessnock Road, Testers Hollow
  • Lovedale Road, Lovedale (at the railway overpass)
  • Old North Road, Rothbury (between Wine Country Drive and Sweetwater Road)
  • Richmond Vale Road, Richmond Vale

Lake Macquarie

The following roads have been closed in due to water over the road or expected intermittent closures:

  • Oakdale Road, Gateshead
  • Warners Bay Road, Charlestown
  • Weir Road, Barnsley
  • Wangi Road, Toronto
  • Pillapai Road, Brightwaters
  • Kalaroo Road, Redhead

Port Stephens

  • Tomagao Road at Pacific Highway, traffic in both directions are impacted
  • Austral Street, Nelson Bay
  • Bay Street, Nelson Bay
  • Clarence Town Road, Seaham — from Dixon Street intersection (connects to East Seaham Road)
  • Clarence Town Road, Clarence Town — north of Wallaroo Creek (see Dungog Council for details) 
  • Foreshore Drive, Corlette — road collapsed
  • Hinton Road, Hinton — this means Hinton is now isolated.
  • Lily Hill Road, Nelson Bay 
  • Marine Drive, Fingal Bay — near Barry Park 
  • Moorooba Crescent, Nelson Bay — near Stockton Pond
  • Newline Road, Raymond Terrace to Seaham
  • Old Swan Bay Road, Twelve Mile Creek — Medowie Road to Pond Road
  • Parkes Street, Nelson Bay Riverside Drive, Karuah  
  • Teramby Road, Nelson Bay — landslip onto car park Tomaree Headland — Shoal Bay Road to boat ramp 
  • Wallalong Road, Wallalong — from Morpeth Street to Paterson Road

Water over the road:

  • Adelaide Street, Raymond Terrace
  • Ferodale Road, Medowie
  • Gan Gan Road, One Mile
  • High Street, Wallalong
  • Hunter Street, Raymond Terrace — near Glenelg Street
  • Kangaroo Street, Raymond Terrace
  • Lemon Tree Passage Road, Salt Ash — just after Michael Drive
  • Nelson Bay Road and Medowie Road roundabout, Williamtown
  • Nelson Bay Road at Frost Road, Nelson Bay
  • Wards Way, Salamander Bay — near Wanda Avenue
Part of Foreshore Drive at Corlette was washed away by flood waters. Photo: Peter Stoop

To stay up-to-date with the road closures, go to Live Traffic NSW or your local council’s Facebook page or website.

Last updated at 7.31pm