Cyclone Uesi heading directly to NZ's South Island by Sunday

VIDEO: Cyclone Uesi heading directly to NZ's South Island by Sunday

VIDEO: Cyclone Uesi heading directly to NZ's South Island by Sunday

Ms Wong said Cyclone Uesi would likely weaken and become ex-tropical as it headed further south.

Tropical Cyclone Uesi is clearing New Caledonia today and has its sights set on New Zealand's South Island as early as this Sunday.

Parts of Queensland remain on flood watch, with warnings in place for coastal catchments between Bundaberg and the NSW border.

The southern inland was also expecting significant rain, including Dalby which has already flooded once in the past week.

A severe thunderstorm was bearing down on Crows Nest and Haden, moving south and potentially causing flash flooding.

The cyclone is expected to come close to Queensland on Thursday night or Friday.

Residents in NSW are waking to more rain this morning with many still recovering from previous storms.

The area is expected to see moderate flood levels at Bedourie on Eyre Creek in the next few days, while people in parts of the Wide Bay and Burnett, Darling Downs, Granite Belt and southeast coast were issued a severe thunderstorm warning with heavy rainfall late yesterday.

They warned of intense rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in these areas overnight.

A very high chance of showers was forecast for Sydney, with 6-25mm possible on Wednesday and 15-35mm possible on Thursday. On the mid-north coast, Coffs Harbour could get 15-40mm.

Tens of thousands of households in Sydney and the Central Coast were still without power on Tuesday night, with Ausgrid asking customers to prepare for outages into the weekend. (9News) Large parts of the east coast is still recovering from flood damage.

Also on the South Coast, Huskisson could get 20-60mm of rain today and 40-80mm tomorrow, while Ulladulla could receive 45-90mm tomorrow.

The NSW coast was drenched over the weekend, with up to 550mm of rain falling across parts of the state.

It may also bring a brief surge of damaging winds.

The SES on Tuesday night said it had received some 12,951 requests for help since last Wednesday night, with 10,660 callouts completed.

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