Australians have been warned to brace for further storm damage over the next month, as this year’s La Nina weather event takes its course.

La Nina was responsible for much of the storms in 2010-11 and 2011 – 12, which was the wettest 24 months on record in Australia.

Rainfall has also left machines paralysed just as winegrowers in many parts of Queensland and New South Wales enter the season of harvesting, expected to be the peak period for production.

The next year wasn’t much better: Parts of inner Queensland, most of NSW and Central Australia, were hit at least once by floods.

Although Full scope of damage is still unknown, since many growers do not have access to flooded paddocks to guess the cost, the figures could soon exceed A $(US $707 million), according to the NSW Department of Primary Industries.

The BoM also said the risk of a wildfire this year may not be as intense, but the Climate Council said wetter, above-average conditions will build fuel loads that will drive future fire seasons.

The downpours and quality failures add to worries that global wheat supplies could be waning after a severe drought earlier this year curbed output in Canada and parts of the United States.

Last month, the Bureau of Meteorology issued a warning for an unusually wet summer in eastern Australia, with higher risk of tropical hurricanes, heavy snow and widespread flooding.



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