Torrential Rain and Thunderstorms Could Continue in Australia Until the Weekend

Wet weather threatens eastern Australia again with heavy rain and flooding from Friday 23rd September.

Australian meteorologists have issued a warning that parts of New South Wales, Queensland and surrounding areas are at risk of inland and riverine flooding this weekend. Thunderstorms also pose a risk throughout the region, with the possibility of strong, damaging winds and hail.

Local authorities have issued various weather warnings for affected areas, especially communities near bodies of water like rivers, streams and lakes. In particular, the town of Lismore in northeastern New South Wales would be at heightened risk, as seen in previous related events this year.

Warnings serve as a precaution when people need to prepare or evacuate for impending weather hazards.

Authorities attribute the bad weather to a low pressure system hovering over the country. Said climatic disturbance is at the origin of the downpour of torrential rains and the eruption of violent storms. As a result, local sources are reporting that Australia could embrace a long weekend with excess rainfall of at least 100 millimeters in some areas. Power outages and travel disruptions are likely in the coming hours.

Heavy rain and storm warnings

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The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) on Thursday, September 22, said heavy rain and thunderstorms would continue through Friday along the New South Wales coast, including areas of Northern Rivers, Mid North Coast and Hunter.

Alerts such as a minor to moderate flood warning have been issued for the Wilsons River in Lismore, indicating intense rainfall could peak from Friday and into the weekend.

Additionally, a severe weather warning for torrential rain remains in place for Northern Rivers and parts of the Mid North Coast. Thick precipitation is possible between 80 and 200 millimeters.

As the situation evolves, the BoM said it is closely monitoring rainfall, urging communities in affected areas to follow local weather developments by being updated with the latest forecasts and warnings.

Flooding has been reported on the Gold Coast, where a severe thunderstorm warning is also in place, along with flood alerts across the East Coast.

Read also : Eight-day rain event hits Australia with possibility of flooding in two states

Wet and wild weather

“Wild and wild weather” is expected to bring showers to the Eastern States until Saturday September 24, due to a “dangerous band of rain” moving through the region, according to news.com.au.

In New South Wales, dozens of flights have already been canceled due to bad weather. Specifically, 45 departing and 41 arriving flights were canceled at Sydney Airport.

In recent days, nearly 50 flood rescue operations have been placed by local officials. Additionally, Minister Steph Cook said La Nina is expected to bring a long season of wet weather, as quoted by ABC.

In Queensland, stormy weather has plagued several parts of the state but is expected to ease by Sunday September 25.

The states of Victoria, Western Australia and South Australia would be safe from the shock of the low pressure system in the coming days.

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