World news – AU – warnings of a fatal « thunderstorm asthma » for Victoria


Storm days and torrential rain are on their way to Victoria, increasing the risk of fatal’ thunderbolts’

A high to moderate risk of epidemic asthma was predicted in western and central Victoria on Wednesday as high pollen count is associated with the possibility of severe thunderstorms and strong winds.

The dangerous weather looming on the horizon – which came just as Adelaide was its hottest day in 10 months on Tuesday – sparked warnings from the Bureau of Meteorology and Ambulance Victoria

A strong northerly wind will increase during the early hours of Wednesday morning before a cold front moving across Victoria during the afternoon and evening hours of Wednesday.The Met Office said

« Severe thunderstorms are likely, with wind and heavy rain expected outside the warning area as the cold front moves through the western parts on Wednesday afternoon and the central parts during the evening »

Damaging winds at an average of 50-60 km / h but with peak gusts of about 90 km / h are possible in the high areas of western Victoria from midnight Tuesday, and extend to the central regions by Wednesday morning

Storms are expected to carry large amounts of herbal pollen and are likely to cause many people to develop asthma symptoms. Risks include those who have been diagnosed with respiratory illnesses, and those who have not been diagnosed.

In November 2016, there were 10 deaths in Victoria after a severe thunderstorm caused thousands of people to have sudden asthma attacks and transported nearly 14,000 people to hospital when the deadly storm struck, causing chaos in emergency departments. And in the ambulance service

Thunderstorm Asthma, Allergic Rhinitis, Thunderstorm, Victoria

World News – AU – Warnings of the fatal « Thunderstorm Asthma » in Victoria


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