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Man found dead in Victoria’s floodwaters as Gippsland prepares for more rain

The wild Victorian weather that has claimed one life and put two volunteers in hospital will have a sting in its tail for the Gippsland region.

As tens of thousands of customers in the state remained without power on Thursday night, the Bureau of Meteorology warned more rain would fall in Gippsland on Friday.

While the forecast 10-20mm fall will be nothing like the the 270ml deluge that the region has endured, it will affect catchments that are already flooding.

“Despite it being an easing trend, the low pressure system that is causing all of this wild weather hasn’t quite gone away yet,” BOM meteorologist Christopher Arvier said.

A man was found dead in his submerged car at the coastal Gippsland town of Woodside on Thursday afternoon.

About 60km north, evacuation warnings remained in place as floodwaters continued to rise.

Emergency authorities were strongly recommending residents, workers and holidaymakers near Traralgon Creek evacuate.

A major flood warning was also issued on Thursday night for the Thomson River, with major flooding possible for Sale on Friday afternoon.

Gippsland have been told to brace themselves for more intense weather.

Traralgon, Victoria. Rising floodwaters have prompted an evacuation warning for parts of a town in the Victorian region of Gippsland.

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There are other active major flood warnings across the West Gippsland catchment including the Avon, Macalister and Latrobe rivers.

Those already in a safe place are urged to stay put for the next 48 to 72 hours, when most of the flooding is expected to move through communities.

Authorities are pleading with locals not to drive through floodwaters.

The State Emergency Service responded to a record 6000 calls for assistance over a 24-hour period.

It is expected to take days for the SES to clear the backlog, while tens of thousands of Victorian customers also remain without power.

Two SES members were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries after separate tree-related incidents.

Apart from the Gippsland flooding, wild winds also hit parts of Melbourne, the Dandenongs and the central highlands.

Winds reached speeds up to 119km/h in mountain areas and 104km/h in Melbourne.

Sydney also shivered through its coldest day in 25 years on Thursday as the cold front affected much of the eastern seaboard.

The cold air mass that blew in from Antarctica, sent temperatures plummeting and caused widespread snowfalls all the way up to the Queensland border.

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