'A threat to life': Authorities warn of huge storms set to hammer Victoria

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A huge storm is set to hit Melbourne today, bringing record-breaking rain levels likely to lead to flash flooding.

Senior meteorologist at the Bureau of Meteorology Scott Williams told the Herald Sun the storm was expected to be so severe that it posed “a threat to life”.

“There will be a massive amount of lightning, there will be roads cut, floodwaters.

“I think this event will turn farms into lakes.”

Victoria, which has been issued with a severe weather warning, can expect the heavy rain and scattered thunderstorms to last throughout the weekend.

The arrow is pointing to Melbourne. Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Rain totals to midday Sunday of 50-150mm are expected in the warning area, although the BOM estimates that peak totals could exceed 250mm in the northeast ranges — that’s an entire summer’s worth of rain in three days.

Locations which may be affected include Mildura, Horsham, Bendigo, Shepparton, Seymour, Maryborough, Ballarat, Geelong, Melbourne, Wodonga, Wangaratta, Traralgon and Bairnsdale.

In the CBD, Elizabeth Street, Southbank and parts of South Melbourne are at-risk flood zones. Public Transport Victoria is urging customers to avoid using the network if possible as there could be major disruptions.

South Australia, southern New South Wales and parts of Northern Tasmania may also feel the impact.

The Australian reports that 1,500 homes in South Australia are without power.

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