Updated July 14, 2018 07:21:17 Water has begun to seep into homes in Victoria as parts of the state struggle to cope with the fallout from severe rainfall and a cyclone.
Key points:A cyclone warning has been issued for Victoria for a 10-kilometre stretch of coast from the Great Barrier Reef to the Great River, with the possibility of more rain in the futureIt is expected to remain in the state through next week, but experts are warning the damage could cause “catastrophic damage” if not remediedThe cyclone is expected “to maintain a cyclonic circulation over much of the Victorian state”, with winds of up to 160 kilometres per hour expected in the area, with winds from 100 kilometres per day or more predicted for the next 24 hours.
“It’s very unusual to have rainfall at that scale, we’re not expecting to have rain much later on,” Victoria’s Department of Emergency Management and Emergency Management (DECMEM) chief executive John Daley said.
“I’d expect it to remain out of the Great Basin for some time, probably the next couple of weeks.”
Dr Daley added that while it was difficult to predict what the damage would be, the cyclone could cause catastrophic damage if not removed.
“The storm is not expected to continue for a while,” he said.
He said the cyclones intensity had been forecast to increase, and the rainfall was expected to increase “with some of the intensity”.
“I’m not expecting anything as severe as a cyclones impact over Melbourne or Sydney, it’s not going to be catastrophic,” he told 7.30.
“If the cyclonic storm continues for a couple of days or a week or two weeks, that would be a very serious problem.”
He said it was possible there could be flooding as well, and some parts of Victoria were expected to be inundated.
“There could be some flooding in the south east, but it’s very difficult to tell at this stage,” Dr Daley told 7:30.
He warned people should prepare for bushfires in the event of a cycloned storm, with more rain forecast for parts of eastern Victoria and the central coastal areas of the country.
He also warned of “very serious potential” for bushfire damage in the wake of the cycloned cyclone, and warned it would be best to leave cars at home and be “more vigilant”.
“This cyclonic system is going to impact us and our communities, it will impact us as a nation, and it will be very hard to predict exactly how long it’s going to last,” he added.
“People need to get out there, make sure they’re aware of what the threat is, and how to deal with it.”
Victoria has experienced more than 300 cyclones in the last 40 years, with over a third of the storms occurring in the past five years.
“We’ve seen some very intense storms, but we’ve also seen a lot of very severe storms, which is a combination of the extremes that we’ve experienced in the cyclonics and the cyclonal conditions,” Dr Toulmin said.
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