Victoria's emergency workers are being stretched to the limit by wild weather hitting the state – and more of the same is forecast. The State Emergency Service has so far responded to some 1600 calls for assistance around the state after heavy rain caused flash flooding in parts of Victoria. And it seems there will be no respite. Melbourne was bracing for another lashing last night, with the weather bureau saying storms and a band of heavy rain are on track for the city from the north-west. A Bureau of Meteorology spokesman said the storms expected could be even worse. The city was lashed with torrential rain about 4.30pm (AEDT) yesterday with public transport thrown into chaos and localised flooding delaying traffic. The worst-hit metropolitan areas so far have been Waverley in the east and Moorabbin, in Melbourne's southeast.
Rain this week of 25mm to 50mm in southwest Western Australia and more than 100mm in the state's eastern interior was UNUSUAL. "It's normally the dry season in that area."
The bureau says damaging winds, heavy rainfall, flash flooding and large hailstones are likely.Image: Motorists ignore warning signs in York Street, South Melbourne after thunderstorms caused flash flooding.
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