Daily US Times: Australia’s emergency authorities are warning of “life threatening” flash floods as torrential rains batter parts of the country’s east coast.
Residents in many low-lying communities of New South Wales have been ordered to leave their homes while dozens of people have been rescued from floodwaters.
Hundreds of people have flocked to evacuation centres in areas north of the city of Sydney, police say.
Major roads have been shut due to extreme flood and footage has emerged of a house being swept away.
WaterNSW warns that dams around Sydney are expected to overflow over the weekend.
Hundreds of people had flocked to evacuation centres in areas north of Sydney in New South Wales state, according to Police, and they expected many more to seek shelter as the rains move south down the coast.
According to weather forecast, up to 100mm of rain is due in Sydney, and as much as 300mm for the lower Blue Mountains, west of the city.
Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology warned of damaging winds and localised intense rainfall, saying the public should be aware of “dangerous conditions” that can change quite quickly.
Ms Imielska from the bureau was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald: “If you don’t need to travel, if you don’t need to head out today, this is the day to stay at home.”
More storms are forecast in the coming days which could rise the floods even extreme conditions. Parts of eastern Australia could receive up to a metre of rain in the space of just a week.
Emergency services in Australia reported receiving more than 500 calls for help and carried out some 180 flood rescues overnight in the north of the affected area.