Floods fail to end Australia's years-long drought

Pablo Tucker
February 11, 2020

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said the wet conditions are going to worsen, with a risk of "life-threatening" flash flooding in the Hunter, as well as the Central Coast, the Sydney metropolitan area, Illawarra and eastern parts of the Central Tablelands.

Bushfires are an annual problem in the southern summer, but after months of severe drought and high temperatures related to climate change, they have spread much more widely and earlier than usual.

Thanks to the rain, the NSW Rural Fire Service on Sunday night declared that one of the state's worst bushfires, Currawon on the south coast, was finally out.

This has come after widespread flash flooding occurred in coastal areas this week. The weather forecast in these areas warn about strong winds, persistent rains, and unusually high tides.

"We are trying to ask people to reconsider their travel, a number of roads are closed", Mr Kirby said.

Thousands of people in low-lying areas of the city have been told to leave or get ready to leave their homes.

Meanwhile, the chief meterologist from Sky News, Thomas Saunders, said the deluge of rain from 9am on Thursday to 9am on Friday in Byron Bay was the heaviest rainfall in 46 years.

Sydney recorded its heaviest rain in three decades and was battered by gale- force winds, with emergency services today left to clear fallen trees, remove debris and extract cars in floodwaters.

There are still 31 fires burning in New South Wales, but none are considered an immediate danger at present. They include the Gospers Mountain fire in the Hawkesbury, the Currowan fire in the Shoalhaven, the Green Wattle Creek fire in Wollondilly, the Myall Creek Road fire (Richmond Valley), the Erskine Creek fire (Blue Mountains), the Kerry Ridge fire (Muswellbrook) and the Morton fire (Wingecarribee).

"The rain is good for business and farms as well as being really good for quenching some of these fires we've been dealing with for many, many months", he said.

CNN reported that Australia's Bureau of Meteorology said Sydney has seen about 15 inches of rain in the past four days, which is the most it has had since 1990.

"Although Tropical #CycloneDamien has weakened significantly from the thrashing it gave Karratha and Dampier yesterday, areas around Tom Price and Paraburdoo are receiving significant rainfall and squally conditions", the bureau said on Twitter.

"There will be definitely rainfall, it will rain but not as intense as we have seen". Heavy rain was also forecast in Victoria for coming days, although officials expect it to dampen, rather than extinguish, numerous fires.

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