Parts of Victoria, Australia, have seen a month's worth of rain in 12 hours into Friday, January 29, 2021, while New South Wales was hit by historic rainfall, and is set for further heavy downpours and damaging winds, with severe thunderstorm warning in place.
Many locations, not only in Melbourne but also right across western and central Victoria had a month's worth of rain in less than six to 12 hours, said Dean Narramore from the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), as the state "copped a drenching in the last 24 hours."
Melbourne metro recorded 40 mm (1.6 inches) in just four hours, almost hitting the average January rain of 47 mm (1.8 inches).
In a 24-hour period to Friday morning, widespread rainfall totals of 20 to 40 mm (0.8 to 1.6 inches) were recorded across the state's western region, while totals of 60 to 70 mm (2.4 to 2.7 inches) were recorded in the upper Avoca and Wimmera catchments.
The deluge resulted in inundations, prompting state emergency services to rescue trapped people. Most of the rescues were stranded drivers and passengers in their vehicles.
Almost 100 State Emergency Services (SES) units responded to more than 600 emergency calls in the past 24 hours, most of which were due to leaking roofs and flood damage.
Strong easterly winds across VIC have meant a busy night for our volunteers, particularly on the Mornington Peninsula. Total of 347 calls to VICSES in past 24 hours, including Frankston Unit with 74, Warragul Unit with 43, and Hastings Unit with 33 call-outs. pic.twitter.com/zUuW44d5o8— VICSES News (@vicsesnews) January 28, 2021
#WATCH: You wouldn’t want to be without your umbrella today!— 9News Melbourne (@9NewsMelb) January 29, 2021
Victorians are experiencing torrential rain today, with severe weather warnings for potential flash flooding in some areas. #9News
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"We know flash flooding comes up out of nowhere, so we can’t plan for where it may impact," said SES operations manager Josh Gamble, warning residents in flood-vulnerable areas to monitor conditions and prepare sandbags in event of rising waters or leave the area promptly.
In NSW, the BOM recorded 98 mm (3.8 inches) of rain in a 24 hour period in Condobolin-- a quarter of the town's yearly rainfall average of 424 mm (16.7 inches).
Temora in the Riverina registered 56 mm (2.2 inches), which was the highest daily fall in a decade. Other parts of the state also received significant rainfall amounts.
A severe thunderstorm warning is in force for the state's far west as heavy rainfall is set to continue, which may lead to flash flooding and damaging winds, the BOM warned.
Most of the #NSW received rainfall in the past 24 hrs. Showers areas of rain over parts of the south & west. Thunderstorms to the west of #NSW, possibly severe with locally heavy falls possible over the southern & central inland. For latest update: https://t.co/8h3b8KIaad pic.twitter.com/epHfTWdpeT— Bureau of Meteorology, New South Wales (@BOM_NSW) January 29, 2021
Featured image credit: Victoria SES