Heads Up Melbourne, A Huge Fucking Storm Is About To Wallop Your City
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather alert for big chunks of Victoria, including Melbourne, as a massive storm has started rolling into the state bringing a record amount of rain and threatening damaging floods.
The Bureau is predicting peak rainfall in parts of northeast Victoria could reach a whopping 300mm between now and Saturday. To put that into perspective, average rainfall in December is only 100mm; Victoria could cop an entire summer’s worth of rain in just three days.
The rains are here, fam!
According to Scott Williams, a senior forecaster at the Bureau of Meteorology,”Half the inhabitants of Melbourne have probably never seen something like this. This is a vast intense, high impact event for this state.”
Melbourne’s expected to receive up to 100mm of rain over Friday and Saturday, and there’s a chance of another 50mm lashing the city on Sunday. All this rain is likely to lead to pretty bad flooding, and the Bureau is warning of road closures and rivers bursting their banks.
It’s predicted to be the state’s worst rain event since 1993 and residents are being warned not to drive in floodwaters and to avoid all unnecessary travel. People in regional Victoria are being urged by the Bureau to tune into emergency broadcasters so they can stay up to date with all the latest alerts.
The State Emergency Service as a handy list of things people shouldn’t do during and immediately after the storm:
— Don’t walk, ride or drive through flood water
— Keep clear of creeks and storm drains
— Be aware that in fire affected areas, rainfall run-off into waterways may contain debris such as ash, soil, trees and rocks
— Be alert that in areas recently affected by fires, heavy rainfall increases the potential for landslides and debris across roads
It’s going to be a wild one folks, so stay safe and listen to the experts!
You can keep track of the Bureau’s warning and alerts on their website.