Monday 12 November 2018

Melbourne braces itself for 'life-threatening' storms as towns evacuated

The skyline is seen in Melbourne, Australia December 1, 2017. AAP/Mal Fairclough/via REUTERS
The skyline is seen in Melbourne, Australia December 1, 2017. AAP/Mal Fairclough/via REUTERS
A car drives under the rail bridge on Dudley street in Melbourne on December 1, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. A severe weather warning has been issued for all of Victoria with the city expected to be lashed with heavy rainfall and potential flooding. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)
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Weather forecasters have warned Victorians that the worst is yet to come as the Australian state braces itself for a potentially deadly storm.

A "life-threatening" storm has hit the state of Victoria with three months of rain expected in one weekend.

The Bureau of Meterology (BOM) has issued a severe weather warning for the state.

Flooding is predicted in all the state's rivers, including the Yarra in Melbourne.

A car drives under the rail bridge on Dudley street in Melbourne on December 1, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. A severe weather warning has been issued for all of Victoria with the city expected to be lashed with heavy rainfall and potential flooding. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)
A car drives under the rail bridge on Dudley street in Melbourne on December 1, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. A severe weather warning has been issued for all of Victoria with the city expected to be lashed with heavy rainfall and potential flooding. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

Record-breaking rain is already battering Melbourne and forecasters say the state of Victoria is entering "unchartered territory".

"It is an event that poses a threat to life, there will be a massive amount of lightning, there will be roads cut, flood waters," Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Scott Williams warned.

"I think this event will turn farms into lakes."

He added: "Half the inhabitants of Melbourne have probably never seen something like this.

"This is a vast, high-impact event for the state."

Saturday is expected to bring heavier downpours across the state.

Flash flood warnings have been issued for at least 12 Melbourne suburbs.

Services Commissioner Craig Lapsey warned Victorians to brace for torrential rainfall.

"The forecasted rain for Saturday is in the hundreds of millimetres. It could go as far as 250mm in the northeast," he said.

The towns of Myrtleford and Buckland, in Victoria's north-east, have been evacuated as floodwaters continue to ruie.

Several major seasonal and sporting events have been cancelled throughout Melbourne.

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