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A month's rain in a few hours floods parts of VIC

Kim Westcott, Monday January 4, 2016 - 17:54 EDT

Thundery rain drenched parts of Victoria, with more on its way.

On Sunday Mangalore in central VIC picked up 41mm in about four hours, which is more than a month's worth of rain. This was also heaviest downpour since March 2012. Nearby, Seymour gained 57mm in similar time, which is a two-year high.

Further west Ouyen and Walpeup also exceeded their monthly average in just a few hours, gaining more than 20mm. Mildura had 25mm of rain land in the bucket with showers and storms on Sunday evening, making it their heaviest rain seen since April. Towards the northeast, Echuca also saw 25mm, its heaviest since September 2014.

Other notable falls were recorded at Graytown (79mm) and Campaspe Weir (50mm).

Yesterday's thunderstorms also brought hail which carpeted lawns around Bendigo as well as further south, at Sidonia.

Storms kicked off again today, although generally less intense and not as widespread. However, they have still been severe, bringing brief heavy downpours due to their slow-moving nature.

Storms are a risk over the state for the next few days, especially in central and eastern areas as a low pressure trough heads east. Runoff from the recent rains have lead to swollen waterways, creeks and overflowing storm water drains. The SES advises that residents remain away from these areas as well as flood waters which could contain fast-flowing under currents and submerged debris.

For western districts, conditions will be much drier by Wednesday and much warmer by the weekend.


- Weatherzone

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