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The Bureau of Meteorology is warning that parts of northwestern regional Victoria could be hit by severe thunderstorms and potential flash flooding tomorrow.

Remembering people in regional Victoria are enjoying their first weekend of eased coronavirus restrictions, they might have to head indoors in some places.

Severe thunderstorms and heavy rain currently over SA and QLD are expected to impact northwestern #Victoria tomorrow. Video current at 3.30pm AEST Friday, 18 Sept 2020.
For the latest warnings visit https://t.co/0TBmG3qS3r & follow advice from emergency services. #VicWeather pic.twitter.com/VuZXeqY9D1

Damaging storms with a risk of heavy rainfall, winds & large hail are expected for parts of northwestern Vic tomorrow, Saturday 19 Sept. Before a storm hits, make sure you’re prepared. Stay up-to-date with the latest weather via the @BOM_Vic website: https://t.co/CvgmAt2eHd pic.twitter.com/VRHPkx0NqP

The NSW Nationals leader, John Barilaro, will take mental health leave from parliament immediately following the last fortnight’s tumultuous near-split with his Liberal Coalition partners over koala protections.

Barilaro told his party room colleagues by text message this afternoon that he will take up to four weeks leave to work on his mental health.

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