Australia: BOM is predicting storms and flooding from NT all the way to Tasmania. Here’s a state-by-state breakdown of what you need to know

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Australia is bracing for another rainy summer after BOM announced a third La Niña wet season in September. (User submitted: Charlotte Putman) © Provided by ABC NEWS Australia is bracing for another rainy summer after BOM announced a third La Niña wet season in September. (User submitted: Charlotte Putman)

Almost half of the country is on high alert for flooding as the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) predicts lashings of rain for the rest of the week.

With the La Niña wet season wasting no time inundating the country with water, SES services say now is the time to prepare for flooding.

Here is what you need to know about potential flooding and how to keep safe.

Five rainy days lie ahead for ACT

Rain is almost guaranteed every day until Sunday in the ACT, with residents facing up to 115mm of rainfall by the end of the weekend.

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"The ongoing, unusually high volume of rainfall we have continued to experience, has resulted in very high water content in our soil, causing saturation and an increased risk of flooding," ACTSES Chief Officer Anthony Draheim said.

ACTSES is working closely with NSWSES to keep both communities safe as they navigate similar challenges through this storm season.

The ACT government is encouraging residents to prepare by having an emergency plan and kit, never walk or drive in flood waters, know which emergency numbers to call and maintain property well to avoid blockages and minimise damage.

For more information head to the ACT Emergency services website.

Queenslanders will avoid worst but still need to prep

At the time of writing, the BOM has issued a single minor flood warning for the Bokhara River in the South Downs region of the state.

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Brisbane residents are being encouraged to pick up free sandbags in preparation for the oncoming La Niña season.

The capital city is being extra cautious this wet season after devastating floods killed 13 people and damaged 18,000 houses and business in February and March of this year.

For more information head to the Queensland Emergency services website.

Sodden NSW to be further drenched

An already-wet New South Wales should be on high alert for flash flooding, according to the BOM, which has issued mild-to-major flood warnings for multiple areas around the west of the state.

Heavy rain and storms are expected to move over NSW from late Tuesday, with a severe weather warning issued for people in Riverina, Lower Western, Upper Western and parts of Central West Slopes and Plains Forecast Districts until mid-Wednesday.

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Storms will ease on Thursday before kicking up again for heavy rainfall on Friday and over the weekend.

The latest warnings coincides with NSW SES releasing their new Australian Warning System aimed at improving the communication between residents and emergency services during a flood.

The colour-coded system lets people know the threat level of incoming weather events.

NSW SES Commissioner Carlene York braced the state for repeat floodings in a press conference on Tuesday.

"The majority of river systems are already full, and the predicted rainfall could see renewed river level rises similar to what has been experienced in the last month," said Commissioner York.

"Many communities across inland, central west and western NSW including Gunnedah, Wee Waa, Warren, Parkes, Forbes, and Albury are expected to be impacted.

For more information head to the NSW SES website.

Wet weather over mid NT

The Northern Territory will experience the tip of the storm front on Tuesday as it brings rainfalls of up to 15mm to the mid-centre region above Alice Springs and to the north near Darwin.

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The wet weather is then expected to clear throughout the week.

For more information head to the Northern Territory emergency services website.

South Australians told to stay vigilant

A low-pressure weather system will bring rain and possible thunderstorms to most districts of South Australia.

The BOM has issued wind warnings for various parts of the state, and residents are encouraged to stay vigilant with checking warnings as thunderstorms could be severe.

Rain and thunderstorms are expected to be worst for southern South Australians late Tuesday before moving along further east.

SASES has also issued a flood warning for Flinders District, stating that there is a potential for flash flooding within the creek systems.

Rain for South Australia from Wednesday is forecasted to be quite light, but the SASES says that there is still potential for the creek system to overflow even if it is not raining.

For more information head to the South Australia emergency services website.

Tas storms will hit later in week

Tasmania will escape most of the rainfall on Tuesday and Wednesday, with storms and rainfall moving in on Thursday in the north of the state.

Rainfall of up to 25mm is expects in areas near Devonport and Launceston, expanding into Friday before moving on over the weekend.

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For more information head to the Tasmania emergency services website.

Victoria SES inundated by rescue missions

Victoria emergency services are urging residents that have experienced recent flooding not to be complacent in the face of more rain.

A severe weather warning has been issued for people in parts of Mallee and Northern Country, with up to 70mm of rainfall possible on Wednesday.

Minor flooding is already being observed along parts of the Loddon River, with further flooding expected along the Kiewa and Snowy Rivers.

Storm activity will decrease slightly on Thursday before a low-pressure system will bring heavy falls over the weekend.

VICSES is warning people not to drive through floodwater after responding to dozens of rescue calls for stranded vehicles this year.

For more information head to the Victoria emergency services website.

How to make sure you're prepared for a flood

This current sweep of wet weather is likely just the start as the BOM officially announced last month that Australia will experience its third consecutive La Niña summer.

Emergency services across the country are urging those in flood prone areas to be alert and prepared.

The NSW SES suggests these measures to help keep you and your family safe during flood season.

  • Have an emergency plan
  • Prepare an emergency kit
  • Clean out gutters and drains in your home to reduce blockage
  • Find out where the evacuation centres in your area will be
  • Talk to your local council about how flooding could affect your property
  • Ensure your insurance is up to date and suitable to your risk
  • Never walk, ride or drive through floodwater

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