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Second person found dead in Victoria’s floodwaters as Gippsland prepares for more rain

The wild Victorian weather that has claimed two lives and put two volunteers in hospital will have a sting in its tail for the Gippsland region.

A woman’s body has been found in a vehicle in floodwaters southwest of Melbourne.

She is the second fatality related to the wild weather that has lashed Victoria this week.

The body was found inside a vehicle in flood waters off Maddens Bridge Rd at Glenfyne, about 200km from Melbourne, on Friday morning.

Victoria Police said she is believed to be a woman named Nina who went missing from nearby Simpson on Wednesday.

A report will be prepared for the coroner, but the death is not being treated as suspicious.

As tens of thousands of customers in the state remained without power on Thursday night, the Bureau of Meteorology warned more rain would fall in Gippsland on Friday.

While the forecast 10-20mm fall will be nothing like the the 270ml deluge that the region has endured, it will affect catchments that are already flooding.

“Despite it being an easing trend, the low pressure system that is causing all of this wild weather hasn’t quite gone away yet,” BOM meteorologist Christopher Arvier said.

A man was found dead in his submerged car at the coastal Gippsland town of Woodside on Thursday afternoon.

About 60km north, evacuation warnings remained in place as floodwaters continued to rise.

A flood evacuation warning has been re-issued for Traralgon in the region.

Anyone near the Traralgon Creek was being told early on Friday afternoon to evacuate now.

“The challenge for our community in Traralgon is while the river has receded and the Princes Highway has reopened, we are expecting to see another 80-100mm of rain over the Traralgon catchment later today and throughout the night,” said SES chief officer operations Tim Wiebusch.

“The advice we have is that will result in renewed major flooding.”

A previous flood warning for Traralgon Creek had been downgraded.

A major flood warning was also issued on Thursday night for the Thomson River, with major flooding possible for Sale on Friday afternoon.

Traralgon, Victoria. Rising floodwaters have prompted an evacuation warning for parts of a town in the Victorian region of Gippsland.

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There are other active major flood warnings across the West Gippsland catchment including the Avon, Macalister and Latrobe rivers.

Those already in a safe place are urged to stay put for the next 48 to 72 hours, when most of the flooding is expected to move through communities.

Authorities are pleading with locals not to drive through floodwaters.

The State Emergency Service responded to a record 6000 calls for assistance over a 24-hour period.

It is expected to take days for the SES to clear the backlog, while tens of thousands of Victorian customers also remain without power.

Two SES members were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries after separate tree-related incidents.

Apart from the Gippsland flooding, wild winds also hit parts of Melbourne, the Dandenongs and the central highlands.

Winds reached speeds up to 119km/h in mountain areas and 104km/h in Melbourne.

Sydney also shivered through its coldest day in 25 years on Thursday as the cold front affected much of the eastern seaboard.

The cold air mass that blew in from Antarctica, sent temperatures plummeting and caused widespread snowfalls all the way up to the Queensland border.



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