Extreme Weather Events Pummel Australia
Posted by feww on June 5, 2016
Extreme Rain Events, High Winds Pummel NSW, Tasmania as Queensland Mops Up
“Wild weather that thrashed parts of Queensland over the weekend is continuing to pummel New South Wales, with the east coast low pressure system reaching as far south as Tasmania amid warnings of heavy rain, flash flooding and damaging winds,” said a report.
A flood evacuation warning is in place for multiple areas in NSW including residents living along the Georges River, in Sydney’s southwest, the report said.
Huge surf is also causing widespread coastal erosion with police door knocking affected homes in the Northern Beaches.
Hundreds of thousands of homes across the state have been affected by power outages as a result of wild weather.
Hundreds of people were evacuated from North Lismore, as major flooding peaked at 9.1 meters in the Lismore area Sunday afternoon.
The weather system has also extended down to Tasmania, with an “exceptional” huge swell expected to hit Tasmania’s north-east on Monday.
The state is predicted to receive up to 200 millimeters of rain in the coming days, with warnings of flash flooding.
Flood warnings are in place for eight rivers in the state, with major warnings current for the Meander River and Mersey River, with forecasters warning the Mersey basin is at most risk of major flooding.
The Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has forecast ‘king waves’ of up to eight meters to cause erosion along the northeast coast.
Mount Victoria recorded rainfall amounts of 76mm, with destructive winds peaking at 107 km/h at Mount Read.
“That north-easterly swell’s actually getting up to the six to seven-metre mark on Monday which is very, very, large for our secondary swell,” a BoM forecaster said.
“Typically we only see those swell heights in our south-westerly stream. So it’s an exceptional swell for the east coast.”
Since Friday morning, 382mm of rain had fallen at Upper Springbrook in the Gold Coast hinterland, with nearby Mount Tamborine receiving 357mm, BoM reported.