The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting Cyclone Uesi, which was yesterday about 1400km from the coast, could enter waters off Queensland but is not expected to make landfall.
STILL reeling from a series of daily storms, Australia's east coast is now being threatened by a category-three cyclone that is edging south from New Caledonia and set to deliver thunderstorms, heavy rain and unsafe surf conditions in coming days.
Parts of Queensland remain on flood watch, with warnings for coastal catchments between Bundaberg and the NSW border.
Ms Wong said Cyclone Uesi would likely weaken and become ex-tropical as it headed further south.
Queensland is still reeling from heavy flooding as cyclone Uesi approaches.
The southern inland was also expecting significant rain, including Dalby which has already flooded once in the past week.
Residents in NSW are waking to more rain this morning with many still recovering from previous storms.
The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe thunderstorm warning late yesterday for parts of the Northern Rivers, Mid North Coast, North West Slopes and Plains and Northern Tablelands forecast districts.
A very high chance of showers is 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 NSW households were still without power on Tuesday night, with Ausgrid asking customers to prepare for outages into the weekend.
The BoM is saying 15-45mm is possible in Nowra today, while tomorrow the South Coast town could get 40-80mm.
The NSW coast was drenched over the weekend, with up to 550mm of rain falling across parts of the northern rivers, mid-north coast, Central Coast, Sydney, Blue Mountains and the Illawarra.
A large easterly swell is also expected to bring with it 3m to 3.5m waves, causing hazardous surf conditions.
Last night, the SES said it had received some 12,951 requests for help in the past week, with 10,660 call-outs completed.