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Severe Weather for SA & Vic

The Bureau of Meteorology advises a severe thunderstorm warning is in place for parts of SA.

This includes Flow regions Mid North, South East, Murraylands and the Riverland.

Flowman posted the above photo to Facebook just before, commenting “Raining so heavy that I cant see enough to drive out the driveway!”

According to the Bureau, “In the south of the State, thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Roseworthy, Renmark, Mount Gambier, Clare, Murray Bridge, Naracoorte and Bordertown.

In the North West Pastoral district, thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and damaging wind gusts in excess of 90 km/h in the warning area over the next several hours. There is also a chance of large hail with these thunderstorms. Locations which may be affected include Amata and parts of the Great Victoria Desert.

Roseworthy has received around 30mm in the 45 minutes to 2:30 pm.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Secure or put away loose items around your property.
* Move cars under cover or away from trees.
* Keep clear of fallen power lines.
* Don’t drive, ride or walk through flood water.
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* Stay indoors, away from windows, while storms are nearby.

The next warning is due to be issued by 5:30 pm.”

A severe weather warning is also in place for parts of Victoria, including Flow regions Mallee, Northern Country, North Central and parts of the Wimmera Forecast Districts.

The Bureau has released the following information:

“A surface and upper level trough will move into western Victoria on Friday morning and move only slowly eastwards across the State on Friday, reaching central districts during the evening and then weakening.

Rain and isolated thunderstorms will develop late Thursday night and early Friday morning over the Mallee, Wimmera and Southwest districts and extend into the Northern Country and North Central districts during Friday morning.

HEAVY RAIN which may lead to FLASH FLOODING is possible, particularly with thunderstorms and slow moving areas of rain. 24 hour rainfall totals of 25 to 50mm are forecast on Friday with isolated higher falls of 70 to 90mm possible, particularly about northern slopes of the divide.

Locations which may be affected include Mildura, Bendigo, Echuca, Seymour, Maryborough and Castlemaine.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Don’t walk, ride or drive through flood water;
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains;
* Be aware that in fire affected areas, rainfall run-off into waterways may contain debris such as ash, soil, trees and rocks;
* Be alert that in areas recently affected by fires, heavy rainfall increases the potential for landslides and debris across roads;

The next Severe Weather Warning will be issued by 11:00 pm AEST Thursday.”