After devastating bushfires throughout Australia the nation is now going through a brand new risk – flooding.
Heavy rain and thunderstorms have hit elements of Australia‘s East coast – however downpours have introduced reduction and concern in equal measure.
Whereas they’ve put out a few of the fires which have burning for months, they’ve additionally left the world susceptible to flooding.
New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory are each on flood watch, and flood warnings are in place for the Orara and Bellinger rivers on the north coast.
Extreme thunderstorm warnings are in place in throughout elements of Queensland and the Northern Territory, with the Bureau of Meteorology warning of damaging wind and heavy rainfall.
A powerful wind warning has been issued for the Byron, Illawarra and Batemans Coast areas.
Queensland Hearth and Emergency Providers have warned folks to not try and get by way of the flood waters and to remain inside if in any respect attainable.
They’ve additionally mentioned folks ought to keep away from utilizing the phone throughout a thunderstorm.
Rain within the states of Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland have left some areas underwater and prompted energy cuts.
As much as 300mm of rain fell close to the Gold Coast, closing main roads and native sights.
Some areas noticed triple the month-to-month rainfall in only one evening, based on the climate bureau.
Brisbane resident Meg Fallon mentioned: “It is simply stunning listening to [the rain] on the roof, it is simply been so lengthy since we have had it”.
Meteorologists say the rains are a one in 100 yr occasion.
Australia’s wildfires are an annual incidence, however the 2019/20 season has been significantly extreme.
Not less than 28 folks have been killed and tens of 1000’s of individuals have been evacuated from their houses.
Greater than 104,000 sq km of land has been scorched – an space greater than South Korea.
Firefighters are nonetheless tackling round 100 fires that are nonetheless burning three months on.
The Australian Open is because of kick off in Melbourne on Monday, however organisers have mentioned play must be suspended if air air pollution brought on by smoke exceeds harmful ranges.