Rain, thunderstorms, flash floods and high winds hit Australia’s east coast
Residents of Australia’s east coast have been urged to prepare for inclement weather and flooding.
The weather office forecast heavy rains and thunderstorms throughout the week, with potential flooding in parts of Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.
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Bureau of Meteorology Hazard Preparedness and Response Manager East Jane Golding said the main areas of concern stretched from Queensland to Victoria and included watersheds near the NSW-Queensland border and along the western slopes of New South Wales.
“Heavy rains and thunderstorms are expected to set in from Wednesday and continue through the weekend, so we urge people to prepare now,” he added. she said.
âMany parts of eastern Australia will experience significant rainfall, and parts of New South Wales and Queensland are likely to experience daily rainfall of 150 millimeters or more.
“This type of heavy rainfall over a short period of time can cause dangerous flash floods and, combined with the fact that many watersheds on the east coast are already quite wet, there is a very real risk that some rivers will also be inundated,” Ms. Golding warned.
“Please make sure you stay up to date with current forecasts and warnings and be careful when you are on the move this week.”
Parts of New South Wales are expected to receive more than a month of rain over the next three days.
While West Queensland is expected to experience three times its November average precipitation over the next few days.
Gusty southeasterly winds are also expected in Victoria, particularly in the southern and mountainous areas.
An unusual wind direction, combined with the wet ground, is likely to cause downed trees and power lines in the southern part of the state, as well as minor property damage.
“This is why we are warning people early to prepare for this violent weather system. We want people to ‘know your weather, know your risks’, have the most recent information and heed our forecasts and warnings. daily planning. ”
– Jane Golding
Current warnings can be viewed on the Bureau’s website here, as well as on the BOM weather app.
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