Just one day after Australians were informed that a warm, dry El Nino was more probable than ever to materialize this winter, heavy rain and strong storms are sweeping through many states.
During a fierce storm overnight, upwards of 75,000 lightning strikes were seen in the Adelaide area, and flash flooding in Victoria has prompted a warning.
A watch and act alert has been issued for flash flooding at Halls Gap due to the heavy rains and destructive winds that are now affecting Victoria’s south-west.
Severe thunderstorms are also expected to impact South Australia, while Queensland will see high winds and clear skies.
Victoria is hardest hit
A Severe Weather warning has been issued for parts of Victoria due to the likelihood of significant amounts of rain and wind in the North Central, North East, and portions of Central, East Gippsland, Mallee, South West, Northern Country, West, and South Gippsland Forecast Districts, as well as the Wimmera.