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Severe weather warning for Sydney as rising floodwaters trigger South Coast evacuations by Josh Dye August 09,2020   |  Source: SMH

A severe weather warning has been issued for large parts of coastal NSW – including metropolitan Sydney – as heavy rain and wild winds lash the state, forcing some South Coast communities to evacuate.

On Sunday night the Bureau of Meteorology warned of damaging winds gusting up to 90km/h along coastal areas between the Hunter and the Illawarra overnight stretching into Monday.

Heavy rain will continue north towards the Mid North Coast on Monday.

Damaging surf conditions are also expected with large waves exceeding five metres to batter the coastline, with a warning the swell could lead to significant beach erosion along parts of the Sydney metropolitan, Illawarra, Central Coast and South Coast regions.

The wintry blast also brought snow to the Blue Mountains with Blackheath scoring a light dusting.

On Sunday night the State Emergency Service (SES) ordered some residents in Terara, East Nowra, Worrigee and North Nowra to evacuate as the Shoalhaven River rises.

"Properties in these areas are likely to become inundated by flood water. If you remain in the area after 10pm, you may be trapped and it may be too dangerous for SES to rescue you," the SES website said.

Shoalhaven Zoo is among the properties at risk of flooding.

Late on Sunday afternoon,

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