Large parts of the east coast will be ravaged by torrential rains and storms after the wild weather in Adelaide caused one of the biggest blackouts in Australia’s history.
South Australia recorded 423,000 lightning strikes on Sunday, leaving 163,000 homes and businesses without power after the city was hit by a massive power outage.
Heavy rain and winds of up to 106 km/h sent power companies scrambling to cope with the worst power outage in five years after a nationwide outage in 2016.
Some residents have been warned that they won’t be reconnected until Wednesday as emergency services set to work repairing hundreds of fallen wires.
It comes as the wild weather responsible for the chaos in southern Australia arrives on the east coast, bringing heavy rain, wind, storms and even hail.
The disputed town of Molong, in midwestern NSW, has been completely cut off by flooding with the SES carrying out several rescue operations on Sunday night.
The wild weather responsible for the chaos in southern Australia has moved east into NSW, Queensland and Victoria with heavy rain, wind, storms and even hail
In midwest NSW, flash flooding near Orange has forced some residents of Molong and low-lying areas in Canowindra to seek higher ground.
The disputed town of Molong, in central-west NSW, has been completely shut down by flooding, with the SES carrying out several rescue operations on Sunday evening.
A resident captured images of fast flowing water carrying debris over a main road in the early morning hours of Monday.
ADF personnel arrived in Molong by helicopter on Sunday when firefighters rescued two people and their dog from knee-deep water.
Another couple was rescued from a motel roof, while another woman was rescued from her home by officers who had to wade through chest-height water.
Major flooding is happening in Canowindra after the Belubula River that flows through the municipality rose from 1.5 meters to 5.8 meters in just 18 hours.
In midwest NSW, flash flooding near Orange has forced some residents of Molong (pictured) and low-lying areas in Canowindra to seek higher ground
A resident captured images of fast flowing water carrying debris to a main road in Molong in the early hours of Monday (pictured)
ADF personnel arrived in Molong by helicopter on Sunday (pictured) when firefighters rescued two people and their dog from knee-deep water
Most local roads were closed by flooding and residents were urged to limit non-essential travel.
Record-breaking rain fell overnight in Forbes, meaning the city is likely to experience major flooding as the swollen Lachlan River threatens to burst its banks.
Forbes recorded 118mm of rain on Sunday, beating the previous daily record of 108mm on October 28, 1973.
The SES has issued an evacuation order for the town of Eugowra, with residents in low-lying areas along the Mandagery Creek insisted on moving to higher ground.
Cities in western and eastern NSW are also affected by flooding, including Collarenebri, Walgett, Bourke, Condobolin and Albury.
In Victoria, heavy rain and storms were forecast in the eastern state on Sunday, while major flooding continues in Echuca, Moama, Torrumbarry and Barham.
A flood warning has been issued for the Murray River, with fears that water levels could rise to roughly the same level as the devastating 1975 floods in low-lying areas such as Mildura, Robinvale, Boundary Bend and Wakool Junction.
South Australia has recorded an incredible 423,000 lightning strikes with 163,000 people without power by the end of the storms on Sunday (photo, damage in Payneham)
Heavy rain and winds of up to 106 km/h ravaged Adelaide over the weekend, pushing energy companies to deal with the worst power outage in five years
Weather maps show how the system will move through the east of the country, with the most rain falling on Sunday in the inner areas of Victoria, NSW and QLD (above)
Weatherzone said another ‘pulse of cold air’ this week would extend winter conditions in Victoria as heavy rain begins to ease.
On Tuesday, lighter drops are expected in Victoria, with forecasts of hail and thunderstorms and snow developing above 800m.
In Queensland, the east of the state will be ravaged by wild winds, storms and rain at the beginning of the week, as a trough moves along the east coast on Monday.
The Bureau of Meteorology said severe thunderstorms are also possible in the southern interior with heavy rainfall west of Goondiwindi.
The weather service predicted that ‘big hail’, torrential rain and damaging winds would move as far north as southwestern Queensland.
Western Australia, on the other hand, will escape the wet and miserable weather with residents to enjoy a warm and sunny week ahead.
THE THREE DAY FORECAST IN YOUR CITY
Monday: Showers. Maximum 18
Tuesday: Partly cloudy. Min 9 – Max 17.
Wednesday: Possible shower. Min 3 – Max 18
Monday: Shower or two. Min 21 – Max 30.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny. Min 17 – Max 25.
Wednesday: Shower or two. Min 12 – Max 20
Monday: Rain or two, possible thunderstorms. Min 27 – Max 34.
Tuesday: Rain or two, possible thunder. Min 26 – Max 33.
Wednesday: Shower or two. Possible thunderstorm. Min 26 – Max 33.
Monday: Mostly sunny. Min 20 – Max 30.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy. Min 20 – Max 33.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny. Min 18 – Max 31
Monday: Showers. Min 14 – Max 19.
Tuesday: showers. Min 14 – Max 20
Wednesday: Shower or two. Min 8 – Max 15
Monday: Showers abate. Min 12 – Max 18.
Tuesday: Cloudy. Min 10 – Max 17.
Wednesday: Cloudy. Min 9 – Max 19
Monday: sunny. Min 11 – Max 26.
Tuesday: sunny. Min 13 – Max 29.
Wednesday: Sunny. Min 14 – Max 26
Monday: Showers. Min 13 – Max 19.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy. Min 9 – Max 17.
Wednesday: showers. Min 7 – Max 13