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Severe thunderstorms loom over St Helens and Scamander, flash flood warning issued

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Severe thunderstorms loom over east coast, flash flood warning issued. Image / Pulse

34mm of rain in just 30 minutes has been recorded in the St Helens area this morning as the Bureau of Meteorology warns of severe thunderstorms in the area.

St. Helens and Scamander are expected to bear the brunt of the severe thunderstorms and heavy rainfall, which could result in flash flooding over the next several hours.

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According to the BOM, the storm in the north-east of the state was instigated by a “moist unstable atmosphere”.

As of 8:30 am on Wednesday, 58.2mm of rain had fallen in the area since 9am, with 34mm of rain recorded in the half-hour leading up to 6:20am earlier this morning.

The warning comes ahead a severe heatwave alert issued for tomorrow, with temperatures in Hobart expected to soar to 36°C.

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