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Two people rescued after being trapped in floodwaters in Melbourne


A Toyota four-wheel-drive was stuck with water rising up to the top of its tyres on Koroit Creek Road, Williamstown North.

Emergency services responded to the incident and safely rescued the pair.

Two people are trapped in a car in floodwaters in Melbourne's south-west.
Two people are trapped in a car in floodwaters in Melbourne’s south-west. (9News)
It comes as Victoria has been hit by an intense low-pressure system that lashed New South Wales and Queensland as it moves south-east of the country across the weekend.

Parts of the state will experience heavy rain and unseasonably cold temperatures.

Yesterday was the coldest November day on record in parts of Victoria.

The system, which has already caused heavy rain and strong winds, is set to move off the south-east coast of the country this afternoon.

But a strong cold front is forecast to set in on Sunday afternoon that will bring more rainfall and possible thunderstorms to Victoria.

The combination of rain-soaked soil and strong winds coming from an usual direction will create a dangerous mix of weather in parts of Victoria, Weatherzone warned.
The combination of rain-soaked soil and strong winds coming from an usual direction will create a dangerous mix of weather in parts of Victoria, Weatherzone warned. (Weatherzone)

The main concern is the Gippsland region, in the state’s east, where there has been flash flooding and strong winds.

The region has recorded 100mm of rain in the last 24 hours.

State Emergency Service (SES) teams have already been busy.

They’ve fielded more than 400 calls for help – mainly for trees down and for building damage.

Trees have been felled due to the wild weather conditions.
Trees have been felled due to the wild weather conditions. (9News)
Victoria SES Chief Executive Officer Tim Wiebusch said rivers in Gippsland have started to swell due to rain.

“We now have a major flood warning out on the Mitchell River in Gippsland and a range of moderate and minor flood warnings coming today in the north east of the state.”

Mr Wiebusch urged anyone camping in affected regions to avoid pitching a tent near rivers and to check routes on the VicTraffic app.

As the low moves off the east coast it will continue to bring heavy rain to Tasmania, Victoria and NSW before easing and clearing off-shore on Saturday night.

NSW flooding
Motorists have been urged to avoid floodwaters which are notoriously ‘unpredictable’. (9News)
Up to 28mm of rain fell in Blackall Queensland overnight. Barry the brolga helped Diane Hauff measure her rain gauge this morning. The native bird gets excited in wet weather and has been filmed dancing on occasion.
Up to 28mm of rain fell in Blackall Queensland yesterday night. Barry the brolga helped Diane Hauff measure her rain gauge this morning. The native bird gets excited in wet weather and has been filmed dancing on occasion. (Diane Hauff)
More than 100 millimetres of rain has been recorded in Alice Springs so far.
More than 100 millimetres of rain has been recorded in Alice Springs, causing the Todd River to burst its banks. (Supplied)

Weatherzone reports that this included 100.2mm in 24 hours – their heaviest daily rain in 21 years at Alice Springs.

Weekly rainfall totals week ending Nov 12
Weekly rainfall totals for the week ending November 12 shows the deluge hit most of the country (Bureau of Meteorology)

– Reported with Australian Bureau of Meteorology and Weatherzone



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