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Re: Eastern Australian Weather

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Re: Eastern Australian Weather

Postby Pete » Wed Sep 28, 2011 5:20 pm


TOP PRIORITY FOR IMMEDIATE BROADCAST

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
for DAMAGING WIND, FLASH FLOODING and LARGE HAILSTONES


For people in the Central, Northern Country, North Central, West and South Gippsland and parts of the Mallee, South West, North East and Wimmera Forecast Districts.

Issued at 5:04 pm Wednesday, 28 September 2011.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds, very heavy rainfall, flash flooding and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Ballarat, Bendigo, Shepparton, Seymour, Maryborough, Geelong, Melbourne, Wangaratta and Traralgon. At 5pm the most intense storm was south of Ballarat and moving southsoutheast.

Flash flooding has been observed in Gisborne and parts of the city. Large hail was reported earlier in the day near Mildura and Ouyen

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Keep clear of fallen power lines.
* secure any loose objects in the vicinity of your home.
* keep away from creeks and drains.
* do not drive vehicles through flooded areas.
* stay indoors if possible.
* Avoid using the phone during the storm.
* if you are outside, avoid sheltering under trees
* listen to the radio for storm updates
* switch off your computer and electrical appliances

The next warning is due to be issued by 8:05 pm.

If severe thunderstorms develop in the Melbourne Area, a more detailed Severe Thunderstorm Warning will be issued to people in this area.

Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at http://www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 217. The Bureau and State Emergency Service would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.

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Re: Eastern Australian Weather

Postby @weather_wa » Wed Sep 28, 2011 5:23 pm

Melbourne braces for flash flooding:

Severe thunderstorms have moved into Melbourne, bringing with them the threat of flash flooding.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Melbourne and central parts of Victoria this afternoon.

There have been 70 calls for assistance to the SES, with high winds bringing trees down on roads and properties and heavy rains causing minor flooding and building damage across the city.

All domestic and international flights at Tullamarine airport are reportedly grounded due to the heavy rain and lightning.

The bureau says 11 millimetres of rain fell at the airport in a 17-minute period.

Airport officials say delays are expected well into the night and passengers should check with their airline for updated departure times.

Two houses in the eastern suburbs have also been hit by lightning.

The SES is advising people to take care on the roads.

"We're advising everybody travelling home from work to be patient and to drive safely," a spokeswoman said.

"If there happens to be flash flooding or roads are cut off by water... turn around and seek an alternative road."

Metro says trains have been replaced by buses between Cranbourne and Dandenong as a result of the storms, and there are 15-minute delays across Melbourne's rail network.

VicRoads says all roads in Melbourne remain open, but says the heavy weather is causing extra congestion.

Trains cancelled

V-Line says all trains on the Bendigo line have been cancelled.

It says lightning has hit the signalling system between Woodend and Bendigo.

V-Line spokesman James Kelly says a few thousand passengers will be affected on peak-hour services.

"We have our signalling people out there at the moment trying to fix things, but the conditions are very trying so we're just asking people if they are going to make their way to the station to have some patience, or if at all possible to defer travel," he said.

In central Victoria, the SES has been called to three minor inundations in the region.

The storms pelted the Mallee with huge hailstones, but duty forecaster Michael Efron says the rainfall poses the biggest risk for Melbourne.

"Flash flooding's the main issue for the Melbourne area. There is a small risk as well of damaging wind gusts, but so far we haven't seen anything above around 60kph or 70kph," he said.

Business owners in Ouyen have reported minor flash flooding.

Senior forecaster Glenn Missen says the Mallee was probably the worst hit.

"They're sliding away to the east now. The only severe damage we've had reported is up around south of Mildura," he said.

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Re: Eastern Australian Weather

Postby @weather_wa » Wed Sep 28, 2011 5:28 pm

High hopes for solid rainfall:

Central Victorian farmers are waiting to see whether the front crossing the state today will deliver the rain their grain crops need.

The weather bureau says falls of between 10 and 25 millimetres are expected across the region, while thunderstorms could generate some bigger totals.

Water has been released from several reservoirs, including Lake Eppalock, east of Bendigo, in a bid to protect towns downstream from flooding.

An Elmore district farmer David Johnson says some solid rainfall would be just what the doctor ordered.

"The crops have been pretty good up to now, they've made a lot of growth and the canola's been flowering for a while and they look pretty good," he said.

"But the last week's tested things out with those hot northerlies. Hot winds and strong winds aren't a very good combination in spring, especially in September, and it's certainly seen the canola flowers drop pretty quick and some of the crops start to look a little bit stressed."

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Re: Eastern Australian Weather

Postby @weather_wa » Wed Sep 28, 2011 10:27 pm

Victorian storms cause widespread disruption:

Severe thunderstorms have pounded Melbourne, disrupting transport and causing power outages and flash flooding.

Forecasters say the city is just a shower away from experiencing its wettest September day in almost a half a century.

Forty-three millimetres was dumped on the city on late Wednesday afternoon.

The storms have been moving south-east since this morning, pelting the Mallee with huge hailstones and dumping more than 50 millimetres of rain on parts of central Victoria.

Blackouts still remain in some parts of the state.

Duty forecaster Scott Williams says the thunderstorms have continued to move east, but are weakening.

"The storms have eased to the point that there's no longer severe thunderstorms occurring so the severe thunderstorm warning was cancelled shortly after 8pm," he said.

"But there's still some fairly heavy rain around through the north-east of the state and the higher parts of the Gippsland mountains."

There have been 70 calls for assistance to the SES, with high winds bringing trees down on roads and properties and heavy rains causing minor flooding and building damage across Melbourne.

Two houses in the eastern suburbs have also been hit by lightning.

The thunderstorms have also played havoc with Melbourne airport's schedule, with a large number of flights delayed or cancelled.

The bureau says 11 millimetres of rain fell at the airport in a 17-minute period.

Airport officials say delays are expected well into the night and passengers should check with their airline for updated departure times.

Jetstar customer Simon Hughes says he and other passengers were kept on a plane for hours waiting for the weather to clear.

"Because of the storm, we got delayed for three hours. Then when the airport opened, we were told that the flight crew were out of hours, so now we've got to get off the plane, rebook, and go back and find out what's happening," he said.

Transport disrupted



Metro says trains have been replaced by buses between Cranbourne and Dandenong as a result of the storms, and there were 15-minute delays across Melbourne's rail network.

VicRoads says all roads in Melbourne remain open, but the heavy weather is causing extra congestion.

V-Line says all trains on the Bendigo line have been cancelled after lightning hit the signalling system between Woodend and Bendigo.

Spokesman James Kelly says a few thousand passengers will be affected on peak-hour services.

"We have our signalling people out there at the moment trying to fix things, but the conditions are very trying," he said.

"We're just asking people if they are going to make their way to the station to have some patience, or if at all possible, to defer travel."

The SES has been called to three minor inundations in central Victoria.

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Re: Eastern Australian Weather

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Re: Eastern Australian Weather

Postby @weather_wa » Thu Sep 29, 2011 12:07 pm

Melbourne mops up after monster storm:

Airlines are trying to clear a backlog of passengers at Melbourne Airport, after wild storms and torrential rain left people stranded late yesterday.

Melbourne recorded its wettest September day since 1916, with more than 48 millimetres of rain falling in the city in the 24 hours to 9:00am (AEST).

The electrical storms disrupted flights and public transport, and left tens of thousands of homes without power.

Hundreds of passengers spent the night at the city's Tullamarine airport after dozens of flights were cancelled.

Virgin cancelled 22 flights and Qantas had to reschedule flights for around 800 passengers.

Qantas says the backlog is starting to clear and it expects everyone to be on flights by lunchtime.


The wild weather caused delays on all metropolitan train lines this morning, with big problems on the Upfield line.

Almost 30,000 homes lost power and there are still blackouts in some parts of the state.

Emergency workers dealt with 350 calls for help, with reports of trees down, flash-flooding, and some homes being struck by lightning.


The front dumped large hail stones over Mildura and damaged grain crops, grape vines and fruit trees in the Mallee.

Phil Down, who farms near Speed, says wheat and barley crops have been hit.

"Parts of the heads are definitely smashed onto the ground," he said.

"Another two or three weeks, it would have been devastating, it would have annihilated them, but at this stage they handled it.

"It would have been, from what I've seen, five to 20 per cent damage in the isolated areas," he said.

Nangiloc citrus grower, John Mason, says the storm was frightening.

"I have never, ever seen anything like it," he said.

"We could not hear, you had to have your fingers in your ears, it was as dark as, you couldn't see 50 metres, and probably within 10 minutes we had six inches of ice, water, leaves, oranges, floating past the shed," he said.

Authorities are monitoring the effect of the rain on the Princes Freeway at Morwell.

The freeway closed in February because of cracking caused by heavy rain.

It reopened last week after repairs.

Michael Efron from the Weather Bureau says there is more rain to come, but nothing like yesterday's downpour.

"We'll see some scattered showers today and for the next few days as well, and quite cold conditions, even the risk of some hail heading into tomorrow and Saturday morning," he said.

- ABC

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Re: Eastern Australian Weather

Postby @weather_wa » Thu Sep 29, 2011 12:08 pm

Melbourne's wettest September day since 1916:

Melbourne has just been drenched by the heaviest September 24-hour rainfall since 1916. The severe storms that crossed the city and suburbs during Wednesday afternoon brought the bulk of this rain, with intense rainfall rates leading to flash flooding.

The wettest suburb was Essendon, which recorded rainfall rates of up to 8mm in 10 minutes on Wednesday and 50mm as a 24 hour total. For Essendon, the September average is 51mm, so you could say that a month's worth of rain fell in a day.

The intense rain and storms were generated by a deepening low pressure trough, which connected with a feed of moisture that had been drawn across eastern Australia from the Pacific Ocean over the previous few days. The deepening of the trough was directly related
to a surge of cold air into South Australia with a front.

Thunderstorms like those seen in Melbourne on Wednesday will not be repeated over coming days, despite the mention of hail in the forecast for Saturday morning.

The next front to cross Melbourne during Friday afternoon and Saturday morning will produce showers and the odd rumble of thunder but moisture levels will not be sufficient for sustained heavy rainfall.

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Re: Eastern Australian Weather

Postby @weather_wa » Thu Sep 29, 2011 12:09 pm

NSW on watch for damaging winds and storms:

Westerly winds will strengthen across New South Wales in the wake of a cold front, bringing potentially damaging gusts of up to 90km/h in the east.

This front that moved across the state overnight delivered heavy rain and severe storms. The western slopes and plains had the highest rainfall, widespread 30 to 60mm, the biggest rain since summer.

In the central west, Nyngan was soaked by their heaviest September total in 132 years of records, gaining 54mm in 24 hours. Further north, Mungindi was also inundated by its heaviest September rain in more than 100 years, receiving 61mm.

This band of heavy rain is moving further east over the state today, but further storms and strong winds will develop in its wake. A cold pool of air will also move over the state, which should help these storms intensify, with potential for squally downpours and large hail.

The westerly winds could also become severe over eastern parts of New South Wales this afternoon. A severe weather warning is current for for the Illawarra, Sydney and Hunter districts for potentially damaging gusts up to 90km/h. Winds of this strength have the potential to topple treas, powerlines and cause minor structural damage.

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Re: Eastern Australian Weather

Postby @weather_wa » Thu Sep 29, 2011 12:09 pm

Thunderstorms rumble through Sydney:

A line of storms that pushed through the Sydney Basin brought a few rumbles of thunder and brief downpours and more can be expected this afternoon.

These thunderstorms are developing on the back edge of a rainband that brought 5-10mm to Sydney during the past 24 hours. The heat of the day will fuel further storm development during the afternoon.

These storms have potential to become severe. Sydneysiders should be aware of the risk of large hail with these storms, as well as heavy downpours and squally winds.

In addition to the storms, a severe weather warning is also current for potentially damaging westerly winds. These winds will strengthen during the afternoon, which could gust as high as 90km/h.

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Re: Eastern Australian Weather

Postby @weather_wa » Thu Sep 29, 2011 12:10 pm

Severe winds, flash flooding hits Broken Hill:

More than 10 millimetres fell on Broken Hill in just over two hours yesterday, causing flash flooding in the city.

Oxide and Argent streets had to be temporarily closed because of flooding, with at least one vehicle towed from the water.

The city was also hit with severe winds, hail and lightning.

Darren Larkin from the State Emergency Service says crews have been called to sandbag homes and repair roofs.

"Basically just all the wind that we've copped, I think its been 60 or 70 kilometres an hour there at one stage, so it caused a little bit of havoc," he said.

"Basically all over the central side of town. It's been scattered all day."

The storm also left parts of the city without power.

Essential Energy says more than 6,000 Broken Hill residents lost power for a few hours last night.

The regional manager Guy Chick says power outages were spread across the region.

"We had a lightning strike on our high voltage network on the Duff Street, Talbolt Street area, there was also a lightning strike in the Brown Street, Flat Street area," he said.

"The storm has been wide spread, the towns of Balranald, and the rural north of Balranald, Murray Downs area, the same storm affected through there as well, lightning strikes and damage to the network."

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Re: Eastern Australian Weather

Postby @weather_wa » Thu Sep 29, 2011 12:11 pm

Cold front sparks heavy rain across Riverina:

A flood watch remains in place today for the Tumut and Murray rivers as State Emergency Service crews continue the clean-up after yesterday's damaging winds.

Spokeswoman Erin Pogmore says the SES has received about 45 requests for assistance, the majority of those for roof damage and leaking.

"We've had jobs coming in overnight and that's mainly been around the Murray area," she said.

Essential Energy regional manager Guy Chick says there were also blackouts across the far west.

"The storm has been wide spread, the towns of Balranald, and the rural north of Balranald, Murray Downs area, the same storm affected through there as well, lightning strikes and damage to the network," he said.

Around 50 millimetres of rain has been recorded by a farmer near Holbrook, with 50 millimetres recorded at Khancoban and 77 millimetres at Cookardinia.

One landowner, who had 81 millimetres fall overnight, says the rain sparked landslides which has caused some damage.

Bryan Hastings who lives on Mount Waleregang near Tintaldra says the river is rising rapidly.

"I can see a couple of smaller landslides and some big rocks have rolled down the main stream on the property, but we're certainly very happy that it's not as bad as the damage we had last year," he said.

The Murray River at Jingellic is 3.08 metres and is expected to peak at the minor flood level of 4 metres Thursday night.

Another 20 to 30 millimetres of rain is forecast in the area today.

Mr Hastings says he expects 100 millimetres all up.

"The rain was just bucketing down and when I checked the gauge at 6:50 (AEST) this morning I was amazed to see it was on 82, and I checked with a neighbour he had 81, and another one reckons he's got about 84, but Tooma, Tintaldra area in their basin of the Upper Murray, we've really copped it, and the river's coming up," he said.

All but one of 15 fires sparked by lightning in the Hay-Carrathool area on Tuesday night are now out, thanks to the rain.

RFS Superintendent Jason Wall says between 200,000 and 300,000 hectares of country in the Booligal Roto area has been burnt.

Superintendent Wall says firefighters in the remote area have been tested.

"It's been a very very busy couple of days, and our volunteers have to be commended for all the hard work they've done," he said.

"Dry lightning storms aren't much fun, but it's been really really hectic and our crews have done an excellent job to contain these fires."

- ABC

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Re: Eastern Australian Weather

Postby @weather_wa » Thu Sep 29, 2011 12:12 pm

Princes Freeway monitored after heavy rain:

VicRoads engineers are monitoring the effects of overnight rain on the Princes Freeway at Morwell.

The freeway was closed in February when heavy rain destabilised the Morwell mine and caused cracking in the road surface.

It was re-opened last week after a program of works to seal the freeway median strip and fill underground hollows with concrete.

Patricia Liew from VicRoads says remote monitoring devices have not detected any movement.

"One of the trigger points that has been agreed all along even before the freeways was opened is if we've got 15 millimetres of ground movement there'll be immediate closure of that road," she said

"In the last 24 hours the ground hasn't moved at all."

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Re: Eastern Australian Weather

Postby @weather_wa » Thu Sep 29, 2011 12:15 pm

More rain and thunder forecast:

Heavy rain is continuing to fall across parts of central Victoria this morning after Wednesday's severe thunderstorms.

The lightning knocked out power to thousands of properties in the Kyneton and Woodend areas yesterday, while train services were also disrupted.

About 40 millimetres of rain has been recorded since yesterday morning at Bendigo and Redesdale.

The weather bureau's Stuart Coombs says calmer conditions are expected today.

"But I don't think we'll see anything like as much activity around today, there's only a very slight chance that we may see a thunderstorm this afternoon and if we do it will be very brief," he said.

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Re: Eastern Australian Weather

Postby @weather_wa » Thu Sep 29, 2011 12:16 pm

Hail storm wreaks havoc on fruit growers:

Fruit growers and farmers in the Mallee are counting the cost from severe hailstorms and a rain dump yesterday afternoon.

The State Emergency Service says it received about 100 calls for help during the height of yesterday's severe storm front.

The front dumped huge hail stones over areas around Mildura, Red Cliffs, Boundary Bend and Nangiloc.

There were isolated reports of damage to to cars and caravans, but most of the damage appears to be to grain crops, grape vines and fruit trees.

Jen, from Boundary Bend near Robinvale, says the storm was intense.

"Just about the biggest golf ball hailstones I have ever seen for quite some time - massive," she said.

"I have never seen such an electrical storm at this time of year, it was just amazing just to see it coming across the plains, lightning, lots of trees down."

A number of flights were delayed between Mildura and Melbourne, and airlines expect to clear a small backlog of passengers this morning.

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Re: Eastern Australian Weather

Postby @weather_wa » Thu Sep 29, 2011 12:16 pm

Wild weather batters Ballarat:

Ballarat recorded almost 30 millimetres of rain, as thunderstorms and wild weather battered the city yesterday.

The State Emergency Service says it responded to about 20 calls for help in the city.

The majority of request for assistance related to low-level flash flooding and building damage caused by rain getting inside roofs and walls.

The Bureau of Meteorology says the worst of weather has now passed, but there is a chance of thunderstorms near the coast this morning.

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Re: Eastern Australian Weather

Postby @weather_wa » Thu Sep 29, 2011 12:17 pm

Hundreds seek help as flash flooding hits:

There was some localised flash flooding in parts of the Goulburn Murray region as a result of last night's storms.

The State Emergency Service says it responded to 334 call outs across Victoria.

SES spokesman Lachlan Quick says there were several calls for assistance in north-east Victoria and the Goulburn Valley.

"Mainly for localised flash flooding and a little bit of building damage, which was the case right across the state as well," he said.

"The volunteers, certainly through Tatura and even up and around Wangaratta did see some activity overnight. Thankfully they didn't get hit by all the thunderstorm activity that was slightly further west."

However, about 250 homes and businesses are without power in the Goulburn Valley.

Powercor says lightening strikes from last night's storms have damaged equipment.

They say they hope to have power restored later today.

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Re: Eastern Australian Weather

Postby @weather_wa » Thu Sep 29, 2011 12:17 pm

Severe winds, flash flooding hits Broken Hill:

More than 10 millimetres fell on Broken Hill in just over two hours yesterday, causing flash flooding in the city.

Oxide and Argent streets had to be temporarily closed because of flooding, with at least one vehicle towed from the water.

The city was also hit with severe winds, hail and lightning.

Darren Larkin from the State Emergency Service says crews have been called to sandbag homes and repair roofs.

"Basically just all the wind that we've copped, I think its been 60 or 70 kilometres an hour there at one stage, so it caused a little bit of havoc," he said.

"Basically all over the central side of town. It's been scattered all day."

The storm also left parts of the city without power.

Essential Energy says more than 6,000 Broken Hill residents lost power for a few hours last night.

The regional manager Guy Chick says power outages were spread across the region.

"We had a lightning strike on our high voltage network on the Duff Street, Talbolt Street area, there was also a lightning strike in the Brown Street, Flat Street area," he said.

"The storm has been wide spread, the towns of Balranald, and the rural north of Balranald, Murray Downs area, the same storm affected through there as well, lightning strikes and damage to the network."

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Re: Eastern Australian Weather

Postby @weather_wa » Thu Sep 29, 2011 4:37 pm

Sydney's long weekend outlook:

The long weekend will be a little chilly, wet and windy in Sydney.

A severe weather warning is current for Sydney, the Illawarra, Hunter and Central Tablelands due to potentially damaging winds in the wake of a cold front. Katoomba recorded a wind gust of 98km/h this afternoon and winds have reached 96km/h in Richmond.

Strong westerly winds will continue to blow through Sydney this afternoon and overnight before easing tomorrow. These winds could gust up to 100km/h at times. Winds of this strength can bring down trees and powerlines, particularly after the ground soaking rain last night.

For the long weekend, a low pressure system will develop in the east bringing increasing cloud and isolated showers to Sydney on Saturday. The low will move offshore on Sunday and deepen, bringing scattered showers and strong, chilly southerly winds to the city and along the NSW coast.

The low will track further east on Monday towards New Zealand, allowing showers to become isolated and cool southerly winds to ease.

The weather won't be conducive to all outdoor activities but will provide ideal board game conditions.

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Re: Eastern Australian Weather

Postby @weather_wa » Fri Sep 30, 2011 4:34 pm

Another wet and stormy day for SA:

A cold front and low pressure system are pushing through southern SA today, triggering scattered showers and isolated storms.

Daily rain totals to 9am this morning ranged from 5-20mm about southern districts thanks to the cold front that pushed through yesterday. Robe picked up 8mm to 9am, their highest in 6 weeks.

The cold air in the wake of the front will be chilling Adelaideans today. The mercury reached a top of 15 degrees at just before lunch and moderate westerly winds made it feel closer to 10 degrees for much of the afternoon. The air is cold enough for small hail to fall with storms.

Strong southerly winds will affect southern districts overnight, particularly to the west of the Eyre Peninsula. Winds could gust up to 80km/h on exposed parts of the coast.

Isolated showers will continue over central and southeast districts on Saturday and strong southerly winds will gradually ease through the day. A high will clear showers bringing a generally cool morning on Monday.

Another low pressure system will move into the states west on Monday bringing patchy rain and storms to western districts. Warm northerly winds will push through the state ahead of this system.

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