A storm system that hit parts of northern Australia late last week has brought heavy rain to the region, and could cause widespread flooding.
A weather station in Sydney’s west recorded more than 1.6 metres (5 feet) of rain in just four hours.
“The rain has been heavy, especially in the last hour or so,” Peter Cook, from the Met Office, told ABC Radio Sydney.
Flooding is expected to continue in parts of the country with heavy rainfall, with the Bureau of Meteorology warning more rain could be expected over the next two days.
“We will be seeing more of a moderate rain over the coming days and that is good for the southern parts of Queensland,” Mr Cook said.
“There will also be some showers in Western Australia and the Northern Territory, so that will also play a part.”
In Victoria, heavy rain caused power outages and damaged trees in several parts of Victoria.
The Bureau of Statistics reported more than 630,000 customers in the state were without power as of Monday afternoon.
Victoria has been hit hard by the storm.
The Bureau reported the state’s electricity demand was up 6.5 per cent compared with the same period last year.
Queensland was hit particularly hard with more than 10,000 households without power on Sunday.
It has been reported that the rain is also impacting the Great Barrier Reef.
A National Weather Service bulletin says the storm is forecast to bring down winds of 80 kilometres per hour, and will bring flash flooding to some parts of Tasmania and Victoria.
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