Melbourne hit by heavy rainfall with warnings of severe weather for Victoria
Umbrellas were essential for the morning commute through Melbourne’s CBD. (ABC News: Brad Ryan)
Flash flooding from intense storms could hit Melbourne today, with rainfall of up to 50 millimetres predicted by the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM).
- Severe weather warnings are in place for much of Victoria
- Up to 50mm of rain is forecast for parts of Melbourne
- Localised flash flooding is also possible in parts of the city
Two weather systems are coming together to create a deluge which could hit much of the eastern seaboard including and dump up to a month of rain in a single day.
In Queensland, destructive winds, flooding and wild weather is expected to batter the state as Tropical Cyclone Owen intensifies into a category-three system.
Some parts of north-eastern Victoria have already had 90 millimetres of rainfall.
Coldstream, in Melbourne’s outer-east, had intense rainfall with 18 millimetres of rain dumped within an hour before 7:00am.
Keilor, in Melbourne’s west, had 12mm of rain and Laverton and Altona, south-west of Melbourne, both had 11mm.
Pedestrians contended with large puddles while crossing Flinders Street in Melbourne’s CBD. (ABC News: Brad Ryan)
Flooding has been reported at a number of Melbourne intersections, including on Montague St, South Melbourne, Victoria St, Footscray, and Maribyrnong Rd, Maribyrnong.
There is also a road weather alert in place for Melbourne and the suburbs warning motorists of dangerous driving conditions.
Emergency crews brought in chainsaws to remove a fallen tree affecting inbound traffic on King St in the city this morning.
The BOM said the rain and storms would build over the course of the morning with the heaviest falls expected between late morning and early afternoon.
A severe weather warning has been issued for the rainfall, which could lead to flash flooding across regional Victoria, including at Horsham, Shepparton, Seymour, Ballarat, Geelong, Wodonga and Wangaratta.
There are also initial flood warnings for metropolitan Melbourne and for the Goulburn and Barwon rivers and parts of West Gippsland.
BOM’s Dean Stewart said parts of Melbourne could get between 15 and 50 millimetres of rain.
“It really depends on how many storms happen … but some intense rainfall [is] expected that’s likely to lead to some localised flash flooding around parts of Melbourne,” he said.
There has already been some storm activity and heavy downpours in the state’s west and north, and the Strathbogie Ranges in the north-east has received 20 millimetres of rain in 20 minutes overnight.
Melbourne’s skyline disappears behind the heavy rainfall on the Princes Bridge. (ABC News: Joseph Dunstan)
The State Emergency Service (SES) has warned Victorians not to drive through flood waters, as a series of storm systems move across the state.
Laura De Wildt from the SES said people should take care on their drive to and from work.
“Drive to conditions. If the road’s flooded, you just don’t know what’s under the water so turn around, find another route,” she said.