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Jan 9, 2015

04:49:01 GMT--Extreme Weather - Australia - Australia



EDIS Number: ST-20150109-46608-AUS

Date / time: 09/01/2015 04:38:55 [UTC]

Event: Extreme Weather

Area: Australia

Country: Australia

State/County: State of Victoria

Location: [Gippsland-wide]

Number of Deads: N/A

Number of Injured: N/A

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

Damage level: N/A



Description:



Wild weather is expected to lash parts of Victoria as emergency services prepare for a busy weekend. Severe thunderstorm warnings have been issued for the northwest of the state through to Gippsland on Friday. The rain band may lead to flash flooding in those areas later in the afternoon, with Melbourne also set to receive about 20mm. Bureau of Meteorology meteorologist Andrea Peace says the weather is expected to get worse over the weekend. "We are not expecting any severe thunderstorms over Melbourne today," Ms Peace told AAP on Friday. "But there is a potential for isolated pockets of heavy rain." She said northeast Victoria would likely get the heaviest falls, up to 30mm of rain. Downpours are expected to help firefighting efforts in northwestern parts of Victoria. "All fires are contained at the moment," State Incident Control spokeswoman Andrea Mason said. "But there are still a fair few advice warnings." She said fire crews would continue to battle blazes across the state for days to come. The SES has warned residents in fire affected areas to be aware of the potential for landslides and debris across roads.




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