| 02.12,17. 12:00 PM |
Southeast states brace for rain deluge
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Victorians have been warned that the worst is yet to come as a major storm event causes widespread flooding and transport havoc.
Premier Daniel Andrews urged Victorians to go home early and stay indoors as the deluge cut train lines, power and forced the closure of lanes on at least one major freeway in Melbourne.
As many as 1000 homes are already without power and emergency services have received about 800 calls for help.
“This is an event that isn’t just Friday alone,” Emergency Services Commissioner Craig Lapsley told the Herald Sun.
“It will reach into Friday night, Saturday and, in particular, the forecasted rain for Saturday is in the hundreds of millimetres.
“It could go as far as 250mm in the northeast.
“Some people would say ‘where is it?’
“The forecast is still there in the sense that we’ve seen 30mm of rain in the metropolitan areas already and we expect another 30mm overnight.
“In two days we will have what is the normal
Rainfall records could be broken by up to 30mm in the northeast ranges of Victoria, where experts are most concerned about serious flooding over the weekend.
“We are having significant flooding right across the state and things are set to worsen this evening and right through the weekend,” Premier Andrews told reporters this afternoon.
* A dozen Victorians fell from ladders while preparing their properties for the freak storms, paramedics say
* Several major events cancelled including Taste of Melbourne, Polo in the City and Premier Grade cricket
* Qantas flight QF94 from Los Angeles to Melbourne has been diverted to Sydney, with more international diversions expected
* Domestically, there are numerous flight delays and some cancellations, with Melbourne Airport urging travellers to check for changes
* Rail works and a glut of rain-fearing commuters resulted in reports of queues at least a kilometre long for suburban Melbourne buses on Friday morning
* Homeless “sleeping rough” in Melbourne’s CBD will be offered free accommodation
* Outdoor adventurers told by authorities not to visit national parks, state forests and other bushland areas with flood warnings