'Evacuate now': More suburbs hit by floods
Residents in western Sydney and the mid-north coast are bracing themselves this morning as evacuation orders from the NSW SES took place overnight, with more in place.
Thousands were forced to leave their homes on Sunday as waters rose, with another 3am warning in Sydney's northwest leaving residents in Eastern Creek with a nervous wait. Those in Windsor have been given a 9am deadline.
It comes as a "dangerous" weather situation is predicted to continue into the week with two weather systems braced to "collide" tonight as the severe weather continues to impact the state.
Jonathan How from the Bureau of Meteorology said "relentless rainfall" will continue to lash parts of Sydney and eastern NSW until at least Tuesday.
Key points from overnight
Huge parts of western Sydney and the mid-north coast of NSW are inundated with floodwaters and the NSW SES has issued immediate evacuation orders for residents to leave immediately immediately.
Evacuation orders were made for West Penrith Sunday afternoon, with those in the region told to get out by 4.30pm.
NSW SES urges residents in Eastern Creek to evacuate by 3am and in Windsor by 9am Monday.
The SES posted an evacuation order for residents within the western part of Jamisontown to leave by 9pm Sunday night. The evacuation is for all properties within the area of all properties bounded by Jamison road, Surveyors Creek, Blaikie Road, Rear of Penrith Homemaker Centre, Western Motorway and Nepean River.
The Nepean River at Penrith and surrounding areas is likely to experience flooding higher than any thing seen in 60 years.
For any information about current evacuations please call the Public Information and Inquiry Centre (PIIC) on 1800 227 228.
More updates here
Almost 10,000 SES call outs
NSW Emergency Services Minister, David Elliott says there have been 1500 SES call outs in the past 24 hours - bringing the total in the past few days to almost 10,000.
"We have 20 evacuation orders and there will be more evacuation warnings issued today," he told Today.
"It's important everybody monitors the evacuation orders and act on the evacuation orders and act on the evacuation orders."
'Likely' to be more evacuations orders today
The SES in NSW said there will likely be more evacuation orders today as more than 2000 people prepare to leave their homes.
The Hawkesbury-Nepean catchment is expected to be one of the worst-hit areas as it is completely saturated.
More heavy rain is forecast for the area and by tonight the river level may peak at around 13 metres at Windsor.
NSW SES Assistant Commissioner Nicole Hogan said 2000 people have requested to evacuate under evacuation orders at this stage.
"We have a number of areas that we're monitoring at the moment, but, of course, in the Hawkesbury Nepean Valley we have a number of evacuation orders and warnings current at this time," told ABC Breakfast just now.
"It is likely that there will be more evacuations today in low-lying areas. So we just are urging people to be vigilant and keep an awareness of what is happening in their area."
Commuters told to work from home in Sydney
Sydney and Hunter passengers are urged to avoid unnecessary travel particularly in flood affected areas.
A number of bus services in the Hawkesbury, Penrith and Blacktown area will not operate today due to flooding.
If possible, authorities are urging people to work from home.
Transport NSW sent out a message on Sunday evening saying: "With the current weather conditions affecting roads and public transport across Greater Sydney, we are urging customers to avoid unnecessary travel particularly in flood affected areas.
"A number of bus services operated by Busways in the Western and North Western Sydney areas particularly the Hawkesbury, Penrith and Blacktown area will not operate tomorrow (Monday) due to the impacts from flooding.
"If possible customers should work from home and motorists who need to drive should exercise extreme caution and never drive through flooded waters."
Latest warnings and orders
Morning early birds. I'll be here to take you through the morning.
It's been a wet night for many of us, so let's look at the latest warnings and evacuation orders.
Evacuation orders were sent for the following Western Sydney suburbs last night; Jamisontown, Regentville (those at north end of Mulgoa Creek) and western parts of Penrith.
Orders still apply for those in North Richmond, Agnes Banks, Freemans Reach, Cornwallis, Pitt Town North, Gronos Point, Pitt Town Bottoms.
There's also a severe weather warning for heavy rain in the Northern Rivers, Mid-North Coast, Upper Western and parts of the Hunter, the Central Tablelands, North West Slopes and Plains, Central West Slopes and Plains, Lower Western and Northern Tablelands.
Major flooding is expected today along the Hawkesbury River at Windsor and Sackville, the Hastings River at Wauchope and Settlement Point, the Macleay River at Kempsey and Smithtown, the Hunter River at Maitland and Wollombi Brook at Bulga and the Colo River at Upper Colo.
Evacuation warning for 9am
NSW SES is advising residents in McGraths Hill area to prepare to evacuate.
As a result of the flood level predicted by the Bureau of Meteorology for McGraths Hill area, residents within the areas listed below should prepare to evacuate before 9am Monday.
The warning area covers all properties east of Windsor Road from South Creek to Brennan Dam Road, north of Killarney Chain of Ponds, west of McKenzies Creek. Includes the whole of McGraths Hill suburb.
Residents should monitor the situation and be prepared to evacuate when instructed to do so.
An Evacuation Order will be issued by the NSW SES if evacuation is required.
If you are unable to, an evacuation centre has been established Castle Hill RSL, 77 Castle Street Castle Hill.
Originally published as 'Evacuate now': More suburbs hit by floods