A powerful cold front unleashed damaging winds on parts of South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania Monday into Tuesday. Another round of potentially damaging winds is expected on Wednesday.
Many homes lost power during the wind storm, including residences in the Adelaide and Melbourne.
Power companies continue to try to restore power to customers across the region. At the peak of the storm, 90,000 people were without power according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
Storm photo courtesy of Photos.com.
Winds gusted to near 100 kph at Melbourne International Airport while nearby neighborhoods reported winds as high as 140 kph.
The combination of these powerful winds and the duration at which they occurred led to most of the damage across the region as winds howled for nearly 24 hours in most areas before diminishing Tuesday night.
Unfortunately another cold front is going to blast through southeast Australia on Wednesday, targeting many of the same areas that endured damaging winds on Monday and Tuesday.
A satellite image showing the storm system moving through southeast Australia on Tuesday, courtesy of the Australia Bureau of Meteorology.
The winds are not expected to be quite as powerful this time; however, wind gusts of 50 to 75 kph will be common with some isolated gusts over 100 kph.
The strongest winds will affect Melbourne and Adelaide during the day on Wednesday before diminishing overnight. A few gusty winds will continue into Thursday, but no damaging winds are expected during that time.
High pressure building in behind this second front will bring some relief from the recent unsettled weather as it remains generally dry into the weekend.
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A new round of thunderstorms will bring the risk of severe weather across parts of Texas and Oklahoma to the lower Mississippi Valley by the middle of the week.
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Following strong to locally severe thunderstorms in part of the South Central states at midweek, the risk of violent storms will increase over the region on Friday.
Midland, TX (1989)
101 degrees -- first 100 degree or higher reading in April since 1930.
Eastern New England (1991)
Deepening coastal storm: central pressure near 29.00", 55 mph winds and 3.32" of rain at Boston. Portland, ME, had 1.54" of rain in three hours. Two homes in Manchester, NH, partially unroofed. Wind gust to 128 mph on Mt. Washington. Final rain total for Portland was 4.21".
Greensboro, NC (1992)
Rainfall of 3.87".