Hastings drenched as east coast low lingers | photos

BEACHES were a no-go zone, sports fields were closed, all weekend sports were cancelled and it was an indoors-only Saturday.

Some parts of the Hastings copped almost 150mm of rain in just 24 hours by lunchtime Saturday (March 18) as an east coast low returned for a second showing.

The State Emergency Service has placed the region on a minor flood warning with the Hastings River at Kindee expected to tip five metres Saturday evening if rain continues.

Kids enjoying the water at Port Macquarie. Video Crys Barnes.

Low-lying farmland and properties downstream have been urged to prepare for minor inundation.

Big seas have caused significant erosion on Hastings beaches with Shelley Beach, Town Beach and Lighthouse Beach particularly hard hit.

The Bureau of Meteorology has advised that conditions will significantly improve over Sunday as the trough weakens off the coast.