Oct 13, 2022 - Energy & Environment

Heavy rains and flooding leave thousands without power in southeastern Australia

Heavy rains in southeastern Australia left thousands of homes without power and emergency services conducted multiple flood-related rescues across the region on Thursday.

Threat level: Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) forecaster Jonathan How warned more heavy rainfall that could lead to "life-threatening flash-flooding" was "on the way" as evacuations orders and warnings were issued across Victoria, New South Wales and the island state of Tasmania.

The Victoria State Emergency Service responds to flooding in the state.
Photo: Victoria State Emergency Service/Twitter
  • Victoria's State Emergency Service said it had responded to 30 flood-related rescues, and schools were closed across the state.
  • Rescues also took place in Tasmania.

The big picture: At least 20 people have died in Australia this year due to widespread flooding that climate scientists say have been driven by climate change and La Niña conditions present for a third-straight year in the Pacific.

Go deeper: Global warming drives Sydney to wettest year on record

Go deeper