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Flooding forces evacuations as heavy rain inundates southeastern Australia

Parts of Australia have been forced to evacuate as flooding rain has overwhelmed the southeastern coast of the continent this weekend.

A low pressure system continues to batter areas from Brisbane to Sydney with heavy rain, high winds and rough seas.

New South Wales has been one of the hardest hit locations, where low-lying areas were quickly inundated by rising flood waters. According to The Guardian, numerous flood and evacuation warnings have been issued across the state.

"Some areas in and around Sydney received 127-203 millimeters (5-8 inches) of rain in 24 hours [from Saturday to Sunday]," AccuWeather Meteorologist Michael Doll explained.

High winds accompanied the heavy rain, causing widespread tree damage and power outages.

On Saturday evening, around 20,000 properties were without power in Sydney, ABC News Australia reported.

Stay tuned to AccuWeather.com for continued updates on this developing story.