Bureau of Meteorology warns residents about flash flooding in Hunter after heavy rain

THE Hunter is being told to brace for flash flooding as parts of the region cop a deluge of up to 50 millimetres of rain on Saturday.

The Bureau of Meteorology was expecting the main threat to ease after Friday night, but warned heavy rain would extend north over the weekend.

The Nobbys weather station recorded about 15mm of rain by 7.30pm on Friday, and the city was forecast to receive between 20 and 50mm on Saturday, before easing on Sunday.

The State Emergency Service reported 223 calls for assistance in the Hunter since Thursday night, with most for leaky roofs.

At least one road, The Weir Road at Barnsley, was closed due to flash flooding.

SES spokesman Brett Hunter warned residents not to enter flood waters. 

“It’s not worth your life,” he said.