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Stormy Update: 1,200 calls for help

Posted by: 3AW Radio | 9 November, 2011 - 10:14 AM
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Many parts of Victoria were placed on flood alert on Wednesday night as storms made it tough for emergency service workers. View images and find out the latest on this page.

THURSDAY MORNING: The wild storm overnight left a trail of destruction across the state.  Over 1200 calls for help were recorded, mainly for flash flooding, building damage and fallen trees on the roads.

Frankston appears to be hardest hit, with 31 millimetres of rain in a 20 minute period.

At Wodonga, a mini tornado swept through the area, damaging seven homes. 

SES spokesperson Lachlan Quick told 3AW heavy rain will continue to fall in the State's Northeast until midday Thursday.

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8PM: Melbourne's south eastern suburbs have copped the brunt of Wednesday evening's thunderstorm activity.

The weather bureau says up to 30 millimetres of rain has fallen in some areas in just minutes with hail up to three centimetres also reported.

Weather bureau forecast Tony Bannister says the main storm front is now past Pakenham and moving south east.

He says the CBD has been spared so far but another storm is on the way.

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AUDIO: The SES racks up 450 jobs by 7:30pm

AUDIO: SES reads out the official 5pm warnings

7PM: Large black clouds are moving over Melbourne's CBD as the weather bureau continues to warn of destructive winds, flash flooding and large hail-stones.

The bureau says it's had reports of a mini tornado over Port Phillip Bay, south of Black Rock.

Earlier today, trees were uprooted and 12 homes were damaged south of Wodonga.

Golf-ball-sized hail has been reported south of Ballarat as well as flash flooding.

Intense storm activity and heavy rain has also been reported on the Morninton Peninsula.

YOUR IMAGES OF THE STORMS:

Simone Hayes sent this image of the Berwick hail

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Alice Ahrens: "One inch of water flooding our Boronia garage."

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From @LouAndTrav: "My daughter holding hail stones after storm hit Point Cook."

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Dave Graham sent this in from Rowville around 7pm.

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3AW's Ben Wise's images from 3AW in the Docklands at 7pm.

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Milica Milosevic sent this to us via Twitter at 7:15pm from Lysterfield

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Storm clouds over Inverloch and Leongatha in South Gippsland (@SimShort)

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Image sent by @MollyLambourn of Wyndham Vale at 6:30pm.

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Image sent via Twitter to @3AW693 by @AdamRenye of Tarneit at 6:20pm.

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3AW's Ben Wise took these images from Media House, Docklands, at 6:10pm.

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Image sent to us from @MrsStewart4 at around 6:15pm: "The storm in Wyndham Vale, Werribee."

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This amazing image was sent to @3AW693's Twitter by @clpsince1987 at around 6pm: "Starting to come through Melbourne's west."

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Michael Robinson sent this image via Twitter to @3AW693 at 5:50pm: "View to south-south west from my house in Mornington."

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A listener sent this image from Red Hill at 5:40pm.

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@3AW693 Twitter follower @BryanS81 sent this image to us at 5pm, saying: "It's on the way! Photo taken looking over Bacchus Marsh from West Melton."

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Channel 9 reporter Andrew Lund sent this in from Geelong at around 5:30pm.

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Listener Karl Blakeborough sent this image of the storm approaching Geelong at around 4:30pm.

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Paul from Port Fairy sent us this image at 2pm with the report: "Massive storm just through Port Fairy. Winds over 100km/h with heavy rain, thunder and lightning!"

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Nathan sent us this image below via Twitter a short time later, taken in Warrnambool.

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Let us know how the weather is in your area by calling 96 900 693 or emailing your images and report to photos@3aw.com.au.

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The Bureau Of Meteorology Victorian Website

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You can call the VicRoads Traffic Management Centre on 13 11 70 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) for the latest updates.

Official SES Emergency Alerts Website

For more information about the current emergency situation call the SES Flood Information Line on 1300 842 737.

EARLIER: Melbourne is set for its second storm lashing in as many days, with the worst of it expected to hit the city just in time for the peak-hour commute home on Wednesday.

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And emergency service workers are on alert, with rivers in some parts of the already sodden state expected to swell as rain buckets down over the next eight hours.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued severe weather warnings for flash flooding as the city woke from another sweltering night.

Bad weather already affecting some parts of the state is forecast to reach Melbourne between 5pm and 9pm.

And should the front bring thunderstorms, some parts of Melbourne could be hit with deluges of between 30 and 40 millimetres, the bureau has warned.

‘‘At the moment there is some showers moving in from the north-west and there has been one or two lightning strikes detected in that band but it's mostly showers,’’ duty forecaster Peter Newham said. ‘‘So we’re expecting showers and possible storms over the next few hours as that moves through.

‘‘Then we’re expecting it to really fire up in the afternoon and evening as the front comes through. So that’s when we expect the most significant thunderstorm activity.’’

‘‘Between 5pm and 9pm is the period of biggest concern but there is still stuff moving in the next hour or two.

‘‘It’s one of those things where we will have to watch it closely all day and there is definitely a chance of getting a severe thunderstorm today at any time in Melbourne.’’

Most of the state is on flood watch, with areas around Mt Buller expected to receive more than 100 millimetres in just a few hours. Parts of Gippsland are also on flood-watch.

SES workers responded to 60 calls for help due to yesterday’s wild weather and spokesman Lachlan Quick expects today to be even busier.

‘‘We had one or two trees fall down but there was no major damage yesterday, the real impact was on the roads and the number of accidents we had,’’ he said.

‘‘But today we are expecting to be getting more rain in Melbourne, between lunchtime and 7pm, than we had yesterday.

‘‘So we would expect to see flash flooding and significant impact on the roads and probably see a number of call outs for assistance from the public.’’

The greater concern for SES workers is potential flooding in Victoria’s north-east, with 100 millimetres expected to fall within six to eight hours.

Mr Quick said the Goulburn and Broken River catchments were at risk of flooding.

‘‘There are a number of catchments that are already full and, because they’ve had a good soaking yesterday, we would expect much of the 100 millimetres of rain that they’re forecasting to go straight into the rivers and swell those,’’ he said.

‘‘So there is a real risk of river flooding. And they’ve got a chance to stay up for a couple of days because there is going to be a fair bit of water dropping in a short space of time.’’

Mr Quick said he did not expect this afternoon’s rain to be worse than January’s deluge.

‘‘But it could be similar to the activity we had last year in September and October, only because it’s happening really quickly. But I don’t think it will last as long as those,’’ he said.

‘‘We might have to rescue people that are trapped in flood water, whether they are driving or have to be rescued from their homes, or we could have to make emergency repairs to property that has been damaged by storm or flood water.

‘‘We will be working with the local councils, local police and other local emergency services to help prepare communities.

‘‘It’s just about getting those messages out that people shouldn’t be driving, riding or walking in flood water because we’ve already had one death this year in Victoria due to driving in flood waters and we don’t want another.’’

The Bureau has forecast relief from the bad weather and humidity that has caused many sleepless nights.

Last night was particularly humid and Melbourne is sweating again today, with humidity currently at 70 per cent and the temperature expected to top 26 degrees.

The Bureau expects the storms to clear the high level of moisture in the air and normal weather conditions to resume by tomorrow afternoon.  

Storms and heavy showers hit Melbourne’s south-east yesterday, with Frankston North and Mt Dandenong (24mm), Thorpdale (27mm) and further north to Pine Creek (32mm), recording some of the heaviest rainfall totals.

They also ruptured "extreme" levels of pollen grains in the city's air, causing smaller particles to enter the lungs of asthma sufferers, triggering a spate of attacks.

Today is ‘‘Wear Orange Wednesday’’, the national day for people to wear orange to show support for the SES.

‘‘And as it happens, we’re going to have to call on a couple of thousand of them to get out there and work,’’ Mr Quick said.

- Matt Murnane, The Age


 

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  • Hope it does not slow down the work on our de-sal plant. We need that up and running ASAP.

    Reg of Dandenong Thursday 10 November, 2011 - 2:49 PM
  • Mickey Mouse Holding, couldn't build a new dam because it would have upset the loopy greeies>!

    Steve Thursday 10 November, 2011 - 11:43 AM
  • "Ploise explane"?, How were hail stones measured before golf was invented?.

    jgl Melb Thursday 10 November, 2011 - 9:10 AM
  • Trust Dorothea Mackellar NOT weather forecasters or climate scientists. :)

    Mylene Thursday 10 November, 2011 - 8:43 AM
  • Are you sure Steve? Tim Holding told us it would never rain again - that's why we don't build new dams.

    jason Thursday 10 November, 2011 - 1:18 AM
  • After scaring us all day with stories of how horrific these storms were supposed to be compared with the reality I no longer fear the Carbon Tax :p

    Mylene Wednesday 9 November, 2011 - 11:02 PM

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