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Storm warning

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December 01, 2017

Deniliquin and district is expected to miss much of the severe weather predicted for most parts of Victoria and parts of NSW today and tomorrow.

State Emergency Service Murray region controller Bernard Kates says Deniliquin is expected to be on the fringe of the severe storm.

He said while he expects the local area to receive some rainfall, he believes it’s unlikely to be the 100mm-plus deluge predicted in storm alert warnings issued for some parts of the Riverina on Wednesday.

‘‘We do not expect the rain for the Deniliquin and district to be significant, but it is a severe thunderstorm warning and there could be some flash flooding.

‘‘There is also the potential for some damaging winds, and possibly some hail.

‘‘We can’t say for sure they will occur, but we need people to be aware of the possibility.

‘‘The storm event is tracking from the north-west and trundling into the Murray region, but the worst of it will be to the south and east of us.’’

Offering his predictions yesterday, Mr Kates said it’s likely the bulk of the rain will have fallen in the early hours of this morning.

Elders Weather was predicting a 60 per cent chance of receiving between 40mm and 80mm today, and the same chance for between 10mm and 20mm tomorrow.

Possible showers are predicted from Sunday to Wednesday, but with most days expected to deliver less than 1mm.

Mr Kates warned that as a result of the storm, the conditions will get a ‘‘bit steamy’’.

And he also warned of a mosquito infestation following the rain event.

‘‘It will be mozzie heaven, so people should take care,’’ he said.

Mr Kates said while thunder and lightning are expected to accompany the storm cell, the chance of dry lightning — the likes of which sparked up to 30 fires across the Mid Murray Rural Fire Service zone last weekend — is limited.

Mid Murray zone manager Tony Whitehorn agreed, but asked residents to be vigilant and report any fires immediately.

Mr Whitehorn said a strikeforce of volunteer firefighters is being put together to assist with out of area deployment if required.

Details of any potential road closures created by the storm will be available at www.livetraffic.com.au, or by calling 131701.

In an emergency call Triple Zero (000), or for storm assistance call the SES on 132500.

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