Severe storms in Melbourne

Just got home about 20 minutes ago and was listening to the cricket on my drive home from the city.

They announced that there is a severe thunderstorm warning.

And right now i’m just watching the cricket on SBS (the Aussies have just taken “bad light”) and I can hear the thunder outside.

And now followed by some rain, and still ongoing periodic thunder.

And looks like the Bureau of Meteorogology have issued a severe Thunderstorm warning for Melbourne on their website.

This is what they’ve written:

TOP PRIORITY FOR IMMEDIATE BROADCAST
MELBOURNE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
for Damaging Wind Gusts, Large Hailstones and Flash Flooding
For people in the greater Melbourne area including Geelong, the Bay and the
Mornington and Bellarine Peninsulas.
Issued at 12:05 am EST on Saturday 10 September 2005

Severe thunderstorms on radar are now just 45km northwest of Melbourne and
heading south to southeastwards.

In the interests of community safety the SES suggests some simple precautions:
– Secure any loose objects in the vicinity of your home, then:
– Stay indoors if possible
– If you are outdoors, avoid sheltering under trees
– Listen to the radio station for the storm updates
– Switch off computers and electrical appliances
– Do not drive vehicles through flooded areas

As I type the rain is coming down more and more heavily.

I always find it interesting to look at the latest radar images of Melbourne to see how the weather is going. See where the rain is exactly, and how much of it is to come.

2 Comments so far

  1. Ed (unregistered) on September 10th, 2005 @ 2:13 am

    I remember last night I was cleaning up after a small get together when suddenly a bright flash lit up my backyard, except there was no thunder so I presumed it was pretty far off. A few minutes later it began pouring down.


  2. Winza (unregistered) on September 10th, 2005 @ 3:26 am

    It started flashing at around 11:55 in ashburton and continued for 20 minutes before it rained. Little thunder though.



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