Rain, storms on way warns SES

HEAVY rainfall is expected on the Border today and tomorrow with up to 30 millimetres forecast after yesterday’s teaser brought just 4.4 millimetres.

The predicted rainfall would take Albury-Wodonga above its average April rainfall of 33.1 millimetres.

Bureau of Meteorology senior meteorologist Phil King said the predicted rainfall would probably lead to catchments getting saturated but were not likely to lead to any flooding.

“The river levels will rise but will not flood,” he said.

“The catchments can take a good 50 millimetres before getting significant run-off.”

Rainfall between five and 10 millimetres fell around parts of the North East and Riverina yesterday, with higher falls of up to 15 millimetres in the alpine areas around Mount Hotham and Falls Creek.

Mr King said most of today’s rain would fall this afternoon and early tomorrow.

He said the rain was expected to clear by Sunday, with more rain forecast mid to late next week.

Meanwhile, the NSW State Emergency Service is urging residents to prepare their homes for the heavy rainfall and storm activity over the next 48 hours.

SES public information officer Tim Keown said residents should put away any loose items in the backyard.

“They should also make sure drains are unblocked and trim trees and branches that could potentially falls on homes and properties,” he said.

Mr Keown said residents should also listen to the radio and other media for weather warnings.

He said during a storm residents should never enter or travel through floodwater.

“The best thing to do is stay indoors and clear of windows,” he said.

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