Flood risks; As storms lash Australia’s east coast

Parts of Australia’s southeast now face an increased risk of flooding today as a slow-moving thunderstorm moved across the country.

Storms have already dampened parts of northwest Victoria, southern New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory and Tasmania overnight, with thunderstorms expected to continue in the region.

According to Weatherzone, heavy rainfall will be the main threat to increased flood risks, as the storm move slowly due to weak steering winds.

Large hail and damaging winds have also been forecast by Weatherzone, and Marine Wind Warnings have been issued for NSW, VIC, and TAS by the Bureau of Meteorology.

The expected thunderstorms are part of a ”prolonged storm outbreak” that has been lingering over Australia’s east coast since last week.

Overnight, Albury, on the Southern New South Wales border, saw 41mm of rain, breaking a three-week drought.

Braidwood, east of Canberra, had 31.6mm of rain, marking the heaviest day of rainfall in a year.

Lightning is expected to spread over the region later in the day into the evening.

Showers and storms are expected to stick around for the next week, as humid easterly winds and low-pressure troughs fuel the wet weather.

Queensland and New South Wales had also detected more than 1 million lightning strikes over the weekend.
Source: 9NEWS

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