Hobart weather: Record rain, flash flooding inundate CBD and parts of southern Tasmania

Debris and mud in a Hobart streetCars have floated down Hobart CBD streets and homes and businesses have been evacuated as flash flooding hit the city following record rainfall overnight.

Key points:
Hobart hit by more than 100 millimetres of rain in a single day, doubling the previous record
Flooding in city centre, Salamanca, South Hobart, Sandy Bay, New Town, Blackmans Bay, Kingston and the University of Tasmania
Further rain and wind expected today, police advise people to be prepared and avoid unnecessary travel
Hobart city recorded more than 100 millimetres of rain in a single day for the first time ever in May β€” doubling the previous record.

It is understood to be only the fifth time since 1893 that the city has recorded more than 100mm in a day in any month with the State Emergency Service describing it as “an extreme weather event”.

Hobart resident Monte Bovill said the streets of the city were like rivers.

“Macquarie Street, which is the main street in Hobart, had probably two dozen cars just lying there on the road, that had been swept down,” he said.

“It was really crazy to see what used to be a road was literally a river.”

via Hobart weather: Record rain, flash flooding inundate CBD and parts of southern Tasmania – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)