A tropical storm could trigger flooding and heavy rainfall across southern Australia, and there are fears the death toll could rise.
The severe weather warning issued for coastal areas and inland parts of southern Australia is still in place, but forecasters are warning people to stay away from high water and dangerous conditions.
“The storm is now expected to move north-northwestwards and reach a maximum sustained winds of 35 kilometres per hour,” the state weather bureau said in a statement on Friday.
“A maximum rainfall of 15 millimetres is expected over inland areas, while a maximum of 20 millimetre is possible over inland coastal areas.”
Heavy rainfall is possible along the coast, particularly inland coastal waters.
“The Bureau of Meteorology said rainfall could reach up to 40 millimetras in some areas and up to 60 millimetrs in others.”
These are all high levels of rainfall,” bureau spokeswoman Emily Thompson said.”
They could cause landslides and flooding, as well as damaging to structures.””
There is the potential for the death of a number of people in southern areas of the state, as the storm moves inland.””
The most vulnerable areas are in the central parts of the coastal areas, which are more likely to be impacted by flooding.
“Forecasters say heavy rain could be felt across the region, with parts of Tasmania experiencing flash flooding.
We are currently working with local authorities to assess the impact this could have on roads and infrastructure.””
Roads are also very vulnerable to flooding, especially in high-lying parts of coastal areas,” Ms Thompson said of areas affected by the storm.
“We are currently working with local authorities to assess the impact this could have on roads and infrastructure.”
The weather bureau is warning people not to travel within 100 kilometres of the coast unless necessary.
“Any travel into coastal areas is at your own risk,” the bureau said.
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