More storms on horizon for Australia’s east coast, Victoria and Tasmania on alert

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has warned of more extreme weather spreading along Australia’s east coast, following days of rain and deadly flash flooding in parts of Queensland and the New South Wales.

Eight people have died following recent extreme weather in Queensland, and at least two people died in Lismore, in northern New South Wales, which was inundated by a devastating deluge. Emergency services, CareFlight and ADF personnel helped rescue more than thousands of people stranded by the floods.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he had been advised that the ‘significant weather system’ was likely to move south over the next 24 hours towards the central coast of Sydney and then the south coast of New South Wales. The storm could reach south to eastern Gippsland from Victoria and northern Tasmania. Residents should expect a heavy flood of rain.

“We need to continue to prepare for impacts in those areas,” Morrison said at a news conference on Tuesday.

“Further flooding is expected throughout the week, and the peaks we have seen, whether in Brisbane or elsewhere, are expected to continue for several days.”

Defense Minister Peter Dutton said further rescues were likely to occur based on BOM advice that the rain cell model should remain in place, flooding soils already saturated with water from previous precipitation.

“I want to send a very loud and clear message to Australians, you need to take extra care to evacuate sooner than you otherwise would have,” Dutton said.

“Heed these warnings and get out early and be sure to keep yourself and your family, livestock and property otherwise safe.”

The prime minister said 600 ADF personnel were involved in supporting rescue and recovery efforts during the floods. A further 70 ADF personnel from Holsworthy’s Fifth Brigade on standby with Black Hawk helicopters to help with the rescues the government says will need to take place.

“We are pre-positioning additional ADF support throughout the east coast of Australia. This will go from Albatross to Nowra, to assets coming in from Amberley to support the whole North Coast and even up to the Central Coast,” Morrison said.

Morrison praised the collaborative efforts of ffederal agencies with government agencies in Queensland and New South Wales and said they had adapted well to the rapidly changing quote, dealing with the impact of weather on power and communications networks, road infrastructure and cleaning planning.

On Tuesday afternoon, a meeting of the National Coordination Mechanism, which included Emergency Management Australia and the National Disaster Recovery and Resilience Agency, was taking place with state and territory officials to coordinate available ADF assistance.

“The genuine courage and compassion that has been displayed is, of course, heartening and we thank everyone for their extraordinary efforts over the past few days. I particularly want to thank the ADF for their response,” Morrison said. .

For those whose homes and property have been affected by the abnormal weather, the government has extended disaster assistance to 35 local government areas. More than 80,000 claims to the tune of $3 million have been satisfied.

“We wanted to make sure that support was in place, and Services Australia teams are already and increasingly positioning themselves in evacuation centers to provide that support,” the Prime Minister said.

People can find out about their eligibility for government assistance via Australian benefits online or by phone (1800 22 66).


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