More wild weather warnings for Australia’s east coast as flood clean-up begins

Wild weather is expected to return to Australia’s east coast and along the Great Australian Bight, just as communities hit hard by flooding begin cleaning up.

Residents in Tasmania, Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia are on alert for severe winds and thunderstorms as soon as Sunday afternoon.

Tasmania’s State Emergency Service (SES) warned severe thunderstorms in southern parts of the state could lead to flash flooding and hazardous driving conditions.

Tasmanians have been told to secure any loose items around their properties, with gusts of up to 100km/h expected.

“With recent persistent rain, wet soil and damaging winds, there is significant potential for trees and powerlines to be brought down, right across Tasmania,” Leon Smith, Tasmania SES acting director, said.

Residents in southern parts of Victoria have also been put on alert, with a severe weather warning in place for damaging winds.

The warning stretches from the South Australian border through to Gippsland, affecting greater Melbourne as well as Maryborough, Kyneton, Castlemaine, Bacchus Marsh and Ballarat.

The Bureau of Meteorology has warned anyone in those areas to avoid travel if possible and stay indoors.

An evacuation order remains in place at Echuca along the Murray River and residents in flood-affected communities have been warned of a gastro outbreak due to contaminated flood water.

Across the border in NSW more than 1,000 homes and businesses have been damaged by the floods.

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