Storms expected, more flooding possible

Thunderstorms caused flash flooding in parts of Victoria on Thursday night and wetter weather will hit the state on Friday, but the weekend could bring clearer skies.

Two flash flood watch-and-act warnings were issued for the Woodend and Maryborough areas north-west of Melbourne on Thursday evening, which have now been downgraded after a band of rain that included irregular storms swept across Victoria.

Victoria is expected to get even wetter on Friday.

Victoria is expected to get even wetter on Friday.Recognition:Paul Jeffers

The State Ambulance Service took 175 calls for help as the front line was crossed, 81 related to flooding.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Miriam Bradbury said the weather system has brought moderate rainfall to parts of central and north-eastern Victoria, with isolated heavier falls of between 30 and 50 millimeters.

She said another wet weather system was underway on Friday, beginning in north-east Victoria and moving through the Dandenong and Yarra Ranges east of Melbourne to Gippsland.

Bradbury added the weather band could bring thunderstorms starting late morning, which in turn could potentially cause river and flash flooding.

Minor flood warnings are in place across the state, including for the Yarra and Murray Rivers.

“With more rain on the way today, it’s quite possible we’ll see more changes in these flood alert areas,” Bradbury said. Storms expected, more flooding possible

Joel McCord

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