The extreme weather crisis impacting Australia’s east coast has left thousands of Sydney residents displaced, with rivers rising to dangerous levels.
Disaster recovery payments of $1,000 have been made available by the federal government for every impacted adult resident.
Warnings have been issued for the Hunter Valley and mid-north coast as the rain moves slowly north.
Major flooding is still occurring in greater Sydney, with further downpour expected over the day.
50,000 people have been told to leave their homes so far as state premier Dominic Perrottet warns the treacherous conditions are far from over.
The premier is pleading with all residents to remain vigilant, particularly while driving.
Even as the stormy weather subdues, the risk of flash flooding remains, with most river catchments near capacity even before this latest downpour.
Some regions have been hammered by 800mm of rain since Saturday, far surpassing the nation’s annual average rainfall of around 500mil.
But it’s not just rain, wind gusts of up to 90 km per hour are also forecast in several flood-hit regions, authorities concerned by the risk of falling trees and power lines.
State Emergency Management Minister Steph Cooke is urging people across Sydney today to stay at home unless they really need to leave.
Just off the shore, emergency crews are continuing their operation to rescue a cargo ship after a tug boat sent to retrieve the vessel had its tow lines brake in the severe weather.
The MV Portland Bay lost power on Monday, drifting further and further towards dangerous rocks off the Royal National Park.
While the ship has now moved further north, she is anchored once again in a relatively safe position.
This latest storm is Sydney’s third and most severe flood this year, with distressing footage posted online showing submerged roads and bridges, as rescue crews work around the clock to respond to calls for help.
Australia’s Federal Treasurer Jim Chalmers warns the economic impact from the floods “will be substantial”.
‘Orgy of destruction’ – A stark climate warning
Humanity has become ‘weapon of mass extinction’ according to UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres
At the biodiversity COP15 conference in Montreal, Canada Guterres opened the meet with a brutal reality.
Guterres called for an end to destruction of nature saying our “land, water and air are poisoned by chemicals and pesticides, and choked with plastics.”
Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also took to the stand to urge countries to protect their precious land and waters.
The leader also took the opportunity to announce Canada’s $350m biodiversity finance fund.
Why ‘zombie viruses’ could be the next biggest public threat
A new report reveals the world will see an increase in so-called ‘zombie viruses’ that are emerging beneath us
A new report by scientists at the French National Center for Scientific Research has revealed the global threat of ‘zombie viruses.’ As climate change continues to take effect, the earth is undeniably getter hotter.
Global warming essentially means significant areas of permafrost are now melting. Permafrost is a frozen layer on or under the Earth’s surface, holding beneath it millions of ‘zombie viruses’ not seen in millions of years.
The now melting permafrost means it is lifting the veil on potentially dangerous microbes that human kind isn’t prepared for.
In Siberia, the scientists uncovered a ‘zombie virus’ which they believe is 50,000 years old. This would be the oldest age of a frozen virus returning to life and able to infect.
Researchers are concerned about the global health impact if the earth continues to warm at its current rate.
Australia warned to brace for more extreme weather events
From wild floods, to raging fires. Australia has experienced it all
And that’s not changing anytime soon.
The country is getting warmer and residents are being warned to prepare for the worst.
From an increasing number of extreme heat days to flash flooding, wild bushfires and rising sea levels – the Bureau of Meteorology says we need to buckle up and brace for impact.
This comes as the New South Wales flood crisis is ranked as the most expensive natural disaster in Australia’s history.
$5.5 billion worth of insurance claims have been lodged right across the state and now residents as residents are being told their policies won’t be renewed.
So is there anything we can do and is there any hope for our environment?
Meanwhile, say goodbye to those cloudy skies – Weatherzone predicts Australia will flip from the current wet La Nina weather system to its hot and dry cousin, El Nino next year.
If this is true, residents can expect a long period of warm conditions, including reduced rainfall, warmer temperatures and less tropical cyclones.
So how likely is this prediction?
But don’t celebrate just yet.
While the weather system means more days to lie by the pool, spare a thought for those living amongst the trees.
As the risk of severe wildfires skyrockets.
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