TAS: Low brings record rain, floods
A double-centred low brought record falls of rain in the east and southeast and flooding across the eastern half of TAS, closing some roads in the state's north and south. The rain was at its heaviest overnight and generally cleared after about 6am.
Orford on the East Coast recorded 77.6mm in the 24 hours to 9am, its heaviest September total in 53 years, while Hobart Airport's 58.0mm was its highest in 47 years. Geeveston and Bull Bay, south of Hobart, also reported record September totals (see records). Hobart City recorded 68.8mm, while the heaviest falls were 84.4 at Premaydena and 83.6 at Tunnack. (More totals in Wettest.)
Substantial local flooding was reported, including in the central north after heavy falls yesterday afternoon and evening. While no main highways were cut, local roads were closed by floodwaters in the northern Midlands and around Deloraine, Sorell and Huonville. The Poatina Highway was cut by snow near Arthurs Lake.
Main river flooding occurred in streams from the central north to the Derwent, with many east coast and southeastern rivers running bankers.
- The North Esk peaked at 2.0m at Corra Linn during the morning with minor flooding
- The South Esk peaked just below minor flood stages: Fingal 3.7m about 9pm Sunday, Llewellyn 3.6m about 6am today and Perth 4.9m about 3am Tuesday.
- A moderate flood peak moved down the Macquarie River south of Launceston. Peaks were: Mt Morriston 1.8m about 9am, Ross 2.7m about noon, Morningside 4.2m around 5pm, Westmoor Bridge 4.3m about 4pm Tuesday and Cressy Pumps 4.4m about 2am Wednesday.
- The Jordan River, which drains an area from Oatlands to the tidal Derwent at Bridgewater, peaked close to minor flood level at Mauriceton overnight.
- The Clyde at Bothwell peaked at 1.43m at 3pm, well below minor.
Strong winds continued (see wind data in the purple boxes below) and there were reports of tree damage around the island.
NSW, VIC: Cold change brings snow: Light snow fell on parts of the NSW Central Tablelands overnight in the cold airmass following yesterday's change. Snow was reported falling in Oberon town around dawn, and there were light falls reported at Orange Airport. On the Southern Tablelands, Tidbinbilla (700m asl) reported light snow overnight. Good snowfalls were reported on the NSW Alps, Kosciuszko Chalet's snow cover increasing from 95cm at 3pm yesterday to 115 at 3pm today. In VIC, ski resort reports included 36cm of fresh snow at Mt Baw Baw in the 24 hours to 10am, and Falls Creek and Mt Hotham "more than 13cm" in the 24 hours to 3.30pm.
VIC: Isolated heavy coastal showers: A cold southerly airstream gave some heavy rainfall totals to south facing slopes in the 24 hours to 9am. In the Otways, Weeaproinah recorded 76.2mm and Mt Cowley, in the mountains 10km W of Lorne, 57.4. In the Latrobe Valley, Jindivick, 15km N of Warragul, recorded 55.2mm and led to near-minor flooding in the nearby Bunyip River.