Widespread rain and thunderstorms, carrying the risk of flash flooding, have begun pouring over parts of Victoria and New South Wales, as a low pressure system intensifies over the eastern states. Subscribe: http://ab.co/1svxLVE
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Over the past 24 hours, about 130mm of rain has fallen in parts of Victoria’s alpine areas, while on the South Coast of NSW lighter rainfall of between 1-10mm has been recorded.
The rain has helped to ease pressure on firefighters who have been battling blazes in Victoria’s Gippsland since the weekend, with fire warnings downgraded, but flood warnings have now been issued for other parts of the region.
On the NSW southern coast, a fire at Coolagolite has been downgraded to watch and act, but it is still too dangerous to return as the fire continues to be driven easterly by strong winds.
The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has issued several severe weather alerts and flood watches across Victoria and NSW, warning of cold weather, heavy rainfall, storms, wind and hazardous swells.
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