Extreme weather is again in Australia. Satellite images published by Weatherzone show a massive cloud band stretching 5000 kilometres from the Indian Ocean to Australia’s south-east. A massive 129 millimeters of rain had fallen in Strathbogie North in central Victoria by 9am on Thursday. On Thursday evening, evacuation orders were issued first for Rochester, then also for Carisbrook and Seymour, in regional Victoria. Residents have been told to evacuate and thousands more are without power as floodwaters rise. There were more than 1600 calls for help in Victoria in the last 24 hours. Residents in several suburbs in Melbourne’s west were urged to “move to higher ground” as a result of a major flood warning for the Maribyrnong River.
Major flood warnings were current for nine waterways, including the Maribyrnong, Werribee, Campaspe and Avoca rivers. More than 40 schools were closed and train lines went down. The Department of Transport has described driving conditions as “extremely hazardous.” Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp urged drivers to stay off the roads. Water was over major roads, including the Melba, Hume, Calder and Maroondah highways. Major flooding is expected to hit Rochester, a small town roughly 180 kilometres north of Melbourne, on Friday from 10am. Tasmania too is expecting an inundation. Adam is feard to breach and residents of the rural town of Wedderburn have been ordered to “evacuate now.”