Southeast Australia warned of severe thunderstorms and asthma



Severe thunderstorms, heavy rains and giant hailstones are expected to hit south-eastern Australia on Thursday evening as stormy asthma warnings were alerted across Victoria.

Much of New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia have received warnings of potentially dangerous storms developing across the country.

It comes after the Victorians were told to be prepared for stormy asthma, with the southwestern districts of the state, Wimmera and Mallee believed to be high risk areas.

Large hail, lightning and extreme rainfall already hit parts of South Australia on Thursday, with flash floods and damaging winds recorded across the state.

Heavy rain, gusty winds and severe thunderstorms will develop over Victoria Thursday evening and Friday morning, according to the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM).

“A low will intensify over southwest Victoria today, causing a vigorous northwest-west flow across the state before contracting southeast on Friday,” the BoM Thursday.

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Residents of central, eastern Gippsland, Mallee, south-west, north-central, west and south Gippsland, Wimmera and parts of the northeast forecast districts have all received the warning.

Flash floods are also expected in the regions.

The BoM reports that north-northwest winds over the eastern ranges on Friday morning could produce gusts of 100 to 120 km / h around the highest peaks.

In New South Wales, similar warnings were issued in the southeast and northwest parts of the state, with worse weather developing Thursday evening and continuing through Friday morning.

Illawarra, the south coast, Riverina, the snow capped mountains and parts of the southern plateaus, the southwest slopes, the Lower Western forecast districts and the Australian Capital Territory are areas that expect winds. destructive.

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A severe storm is also affecting the Coffs Harbor area, with more storms expected to develop in the east.

“Winds are expected to ease over the west on Friday morning with this easing trend extending to the eastern parts on Friday afternoon and evening,” BoM said.

Nowra, Batemans Bay, Eden, Cooma, Wagga Wagga, Albury, Deniliquin, Hay and Wentworth will be affected.

Wild conditions in South Africa are also bringing volatile conditions to western New South Wales, according to BoM, with the Upper Western region expecting to be the hardest hit.

Localities likely to be affected are Tibooburra, Cobar, Bourke, Broken Hill, Menindee and Brewarrina.

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In South Australia, severe thunderstorm warnings have been issued for large areas of the state, with residents of Adelaide expecting continued hits throughout Thursday.

On Thursday morning, South Australians woke up to thunderstorms, lightning and heavy hail crashing into metropolitan Adelaide.

“Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce destructive wind gusts of over 90 km / h, large hailstones and heavy rainfall which can cause flash floods in the alert zone over the next few hours,” BoM said.

Locations likely to be affected are Adelaide, Whyalla, Renmark, Port Pirie, Clare, Maitland, Murray Bridge, Leigh Creek, Moomba, Marree, Hawker and Jamestown.

Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued in the Lower Eyre Peninsula and Kangaroo Island districts, but were subsequently canceled.