Destructive winds and high waves hit Australia … the reason for the “El Niño”
Australian authorities said, Monday, that stormy weather swept the coast of the northeast of the country.
And she stressed that huge waves hit the beaches of popular areas with tourists and that rains caused floods on a large scale.
Byron Mayor Simon Richardson told the media that Maine Beach in the resort area of Byron Bay in northern New South Wales has nearly disappeared.
The sea swallowed up a walkway along the beach, television footage showed.
This rainy weather contrasts with the massive wildfires that have wreaked havoc on Fraser Island, listed on the Queensland World Heritage Site in the past weeks. As the tide rose, heavy seas inundated the evacuation points due to Fraser Island’s fires today.
For the third consecutive day, the densely populated border areas between New South Wales and Queensland were hit by torrential rains and strong winds resulting from a severe depression off the coast of southern Queensland, causing more than 700 millimeters of rain in some places over a 48-hour period.
The Australian Bureau of Meteorology warned that coastal erosion, heavy rains, and high waves off the coast would continue throughout the day and urged motorists to stay off the roads.
Australia expects a rainy summer more than usual due to the El Niño weather phenomenon, usually associated with more rain and more tropical cyclones, despite the severe heatwave that blew in the east weeks ago.