The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a number of severe weather warnings this week, as a low front brings rain, wind, and thunderstorms. The low and cold front developed in the Great Australian Bight on Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, and it is moving towards South Australia, where the weather this week will be most extreme.

Thunderstorms along the South Coast

As of Wednesday, the Bureau of Meteorology had an active warning for severe thunderstorms throughout southern Australia. These storms bring not only rain and wind, but a chance of power outages and downed trees. Particularly when driving, it’s very important to be cautious and to look for obstacles in the road.

Strong Winds

The low front is also bringing strong winds to much of Australia. There are gale warnings in place for most of the southeast coastlines for Wednesday and Thursday. Winds along the coast are expected to reach 90-120 km/h. Inland, in New South Wales and Victoria, winds will still be strong although not quite as powerful, maxing out at about 90 km/h. In eastern Australia, elevated zones are likely to see gusts of wind up to 110 km/h. These winds are likely to continue through Friday, hopefully clearing up in time for the weekend.

Heavy Rain and Possibility of Flooding

In addition to the rain, most of Australia can expect to see heavy rain on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, with the most rain falling in a 6-12 hour window on Thursday. The Bureau is expecting about 80-100 millimetres of rainfall. This is likely to bring water levels up in rivers, and there is a chance of flash flooding in areas of Victoria and New South Wales. The Bureau of Meteorology has issued 22 different flood warnings. You can check their website to see if there’s a warning for your area.

Staying Cautious and Prepared

With widespread severe weather throughout southern and eastern Australia, it’s important to be careful and to stay abreast of the latest forecasts. Flash flooding can make roads dangerous very quickly, and strong winds can lead to tree branches and other debris being scattered. If possible, check for the latest severe weather warnings before planning any travels.

Using a Tough Water Tank to Collect Rain Even in the Toughest Weather

The heavy rain coming with this low can be great to fill up your rainwater tank. With severe weather, however, it’s important that your tank can stand up to heavy wind. If you’re looking for a water tank, look for one made from alkatuff, a polyethylene plastic that’s made right in Australia. It’s designed to stand up to Australia’s tough weather, both extreme sun and extreme rain. You can use the Alkatuff website to find a water tank manufacturer close to you.