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Rain and storms target central Australia

Ben Domensino, Friday September 29, 2017 - 16:28 AEST

Uluru has received close to three month's worth of rain during the last two days as severe storms strike central Australia.

An upper level trough moving slowly over the nation's interior has combined with moisture from the Indian Ocean to produce rain and storms during the second half of this week.

A rain gauge at Yulara, near Uluru, registered 22mm of rain during the 48 hours to 9am on Friday. This is well above the 8mm of rain the site usually records during the month of September

In addition to the heavy rain, damaging winds are also threatening communities in the nation's interior today. A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for damaging wind gusts in most of the Northern Territory's Lasseter Districts on Friday afternoon, including the area around Uluru.

Rain and storms will continue in central Australia on Saturday before drier weather returns from Sunday.

- Weatherzone

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