The Bureau of Meteorology has warned an “unprecedented” amount of rain is expected to fall in Victoria over a three-day period.
Asked to rate the storms out of 10, senior forecaster Mr Williams said: “I’ll take the punt and say it’s a 10 for Victoria.”
He said the most recent rain in a short period of time in Melbourne was 100-200 millimetres (in 2005 and 2011) and on both occasions: “it paralysed transport routes in the city.”
Get out your sandbags!
Events were cancelled, and the Premier of Victoria told people not to “have a big night on the town” in preparation.
The city was told to bunker down for an “absolutely massive” rainfall event over the weekend …
“Half the inhabitants of Melbourne have never ever seen anything like this,” the Bureau of Meteorology’s senior forecaster Scott Williams said on Thursday.
“It is an event that poses a threat to life.”
Not so much a flood of rain, but there was a flood of text messages:
About 7.4 million text messages were sent out to Victorians on Friday telling them to look out for flooding and stay safe.
The rain that fell (that’s millimeters, not inches):
There was potential for “more than 50mm per hour”, 300mm from Wangarratta to Hotham Heights, and Bendigo and Ballarat will likely see 150 – 200mm.
Up to 3000 buildings across Victoria were damaged by the storm, with around 6000 people left homeless.
This was Kooyong Tennis Courts, deep inside Melbourne.
There were some places that recorded rain over 100mm in 24 hours (red dots).
Thoughts are with people in Euroa, where there is an actual flood, especially at the Caravan Park.
He said the storm was generally as expected and it was a “bonus” that the worst of it missed Melbourne.
“The way that it’s panned out has been similar to what we were predicting.
“It was certainly the kind of event worth preparing for,” Dr Tupper told reporters on Saturday.
“So if we had our time again, we would put out (warnings) with similar language to that.
Twitterati were not impressed:
So is Melbourne still standing or was it yet another beat up by the media?
I hope #melbournestorm doesnt get any stronger. I just forged across this and almost drowned.
— Rupert Denton (@rupertdenton) December 1, 2017
Shocking scenes in Melbourne as desperate people line up for essential supplies #melbournestorm
— Darren Levin (@darren_levin) November 30, 2017
#melbournestorm WE WILL REBUILD!!!
— Wyngle Bells
Be EXTRA careful if you go shopping in
#Melbourne city today…
FOR SALE: Newly constructed ARK. In good condition, got it ready for the floods but no longer required. Animals not included. #MelbourneStorm
— Corey Ander (@_corey_ander) December 3, 2017
PS: There is heavy rain and snow in Tasmania. Welcome to another summer of global warming.
h/t Pat, Andrew V, David B, betheserf, and many more. :- )