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Search resumes for man lost in NSW floods

AAP logoAAP 24/08/2016

Search resumes for man lost in NSW floods © AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts Search resumes for man lost in NSW floods Rescue crews are preparing to re-launch a search for a man who went missing in floodwaters on the NSW far north coast when heavy rains lashed parts of the state.

The 72-year-old climbed from his car and clung to a tree after it was swept into Leycester Creek, near Kyogle, around 3.45pm on Wednesday.

Witnesses saw the man being pushed downstream shortly afterwards and he has not been seen since.

Police, State Emergency Service volunteers and rescue crews suspended a search for the man around 5.45pm due to poor light and are due to start again on Thursday morning.

The desperate search came as a month's worth of rain bucketed down on Sydney and the state's central and north coasts overnight, after some areas were warned to brace for more than 100mm of rain.

The SES received more than 100 calls for help, most of which came from the NSW north coast and south Sydney suburbs and related to leaking or damaged roofs.

"We're not really seeing that major damage that we see when we get strong winds as well as the rain," SES spokeswoman Becky Gollings told AAP.

"I think because it's just been rain, it's just been causing a bit of damage with people and their roofs but it's all pretty under control at this stage."

A whopping 87mm of rain was tipped to hit Sydney by midnight on Wednesday, almost 7mm above the average monthly August rainfall.

The severe weather warning covered the eastern half of greater Sydney and the Central Coast as a low pressure system forms across the state's coast before moving east on Thursday morning.

"There's still a bit of rain on the radar but speaking to the bureau (of meteorology) it looks like conditions are going to ease over the next few hours," Ms Gollings said late on Wednesday night.

"We'll probably still have a few jobs when people wake up in the morning and discover a bit more damage, so we'll probably see our job number rise."

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