Fire and Water in the Apple IsleTristan Meyers, Saturday January 30, 2016 - 18:02 EDT
Fire and Water in the Apple Isle
As fires continue to cause troubles in Tasmania's northwest, heavy rain continue to drench the east and north.
To 9am today, Lake Leake had 70mm, its heaviest rain regardless of any month in 20 years. Sheffield picked up an additional 117mm, its heaviest January rain in 16 years. Devonport Airport and Low Head had 86 and 92 mm copped of rain, respectively, being the largest rainfall total in January since 2004.
Rain was torrential at times, such as in Friendly Beach, where 11 mm fell in just 10 minutes.
Rainfall totals have been widespread in excess of 50mm for at least two days in the east, leading to significant flooding.
The rainfall isn't over as yet, even though it feels lighter today. The low pressure system responsible for these squally and heavy showers will move east tomorrow, causing the gusty rain to once again focus on the northeast. Heavy rainfall a risk again from the morning until the evening, with widespread in excess of 25mm likely, and isolated totals in excess of 50mm a significant risk.
© Weatherzone 2016
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