Floods, severe thunderstorms, fires and stormy winds lash NSW, Victoria, Queensland and SA

Storm activity is expected in the Wide Bay region and the Burnett Coast, which stretch all the way between Bundaberg and Moore Park Beach.

the Meteorological Office (BoM) has issued a severe weather warning for the region, with the coast expected to survive a brawl starting this morning and lasting all day.
In New South Wales, the BoM also said storms are possible in northern areas of the state this afternoon.
Queenslanders have been advised to prepare for intense thunderstorms that are expected to spread over Bundaberg and Moore Park Beach today. (Steve O’Connor)
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Residents in northern NSW were also instructed to monitor situations with the possibility of storm activity this afternoon. (Eddie Jim)

The office has advised residents in the area to closely monitor situations that could become serious.

Elsewhere in NSW, a weather warning has also been issued for the Snow Mountains region, where gale winds at speeds of up to 125 kilometers per hour will wreak havoc.

“Harmful winds with an average of 80 to 90 kilometers per hour with peak gusts of around 125 are possible from this afternoon over alpine regions over 1900 m,” said the BoM.

“The wind is expected to subside on Friday morning. One of the locations that could be affected is the Thredbo Top Station.”

A strong wind warning was also issued yesterday for parts of South Australia and is still ongoing today.

Residents in the Mount Lofty Ranges and parts of the Mid North and Murraylands districts have been advised to use caution and monitor situations.

In Victoria, the state was forecast to have mixed weather today, with generally warm temperatures turning windy as the afternoon progresses, a severe weather warning for the areas, and even a severe fire warning for Mallee.

Forbes residents barricade their homes and businesses with sandbags as they prepare for an evacuation order amid rising tides.

How the residents of NSW prepare for major floods

Overall, Australia is much wetter than it was 12 months ago and the La Niña weather system is really kicking in across the country this year.

Meteorologists said there is hardly any need for rain anywhere in the country right now as humid conditions have continued to soak the nation and are expected to continue moving towards summer.

Although the US officially declared La Niña for another year a month ago, the BoM in Australia has not yet taken place, although it is expected in the coming week.

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