Tornado Warning Issued for Melbourne

People in Melbourne have been warned to brace for possible tornadoes as a thunderstorm with damaging winds and large hailstones rolls across the city.

Funnel clouds, which may turn into a tornado, have been reported over Melbourne Airport, Cragieburn and St Albans although the airport says it is business as usual for now.

The Bureau of Meteorology radar is tracking the storm as it moves in a south-easterly direction towards the city.

Punters at the Oaks Day races at Flemington have soggy hats and floppy fascinators as the heavy rain hits them – leaving most drenched trackside.

School students horrified after man exposes himself

Police are seeking public assistance after a man exposed himself to two school students earlier this week.

About 1.45pm on Monday 2 November 2015, two school students were walking through Burrows Park towards Princes Street.

As they approached the exit of the park on Princes Street, they saw a man standing with his pants down touching his genital region.

The man looked towards the students and made no attempt to cover himself as they ran past to leave the park.

The students notified their teachers the following morning, who in-turn notified Ryde Police.

Patrols were conducted to locate the man and surrounding premises canvassed for witnesses; but police have so far been unable to locate the man.

Officers would like to speak with a man who may be able to assist them with inquiries.

He is described as being of Mediterranean / Middle Eastern appearance, about 183cms tall, about 50 to 60 years-old with brown thinning hair and a short beard and obese build. He was also wearing reading glasses.

The man was last seen wearing a white t-shirt with black or khaki coloured shorts.

An investigation into the incident is underway and anyone who witnessed the incident, or has information that may assist, is urged to contact Ryde Police on (02) 9808 7401 or Crime Stoppers.

Severe thunderstorm warning issued for parts of NSW

UPDATE: A SEVERE thunderstorm has been issued for people in the Central West Slopes and Plains and parts of the Upper Western Forecast Districts.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that the thunderstorms are likely to produce large hailstones, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and damaging winds in the warning area over the next several hours.

Locations which may be affected include Walgett, Dubbo, Parkes, Condobolin, Coonamble, Nyngan, Bourke and Brewarrina.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony.
* Keep clear of fallen power lines.
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* Don’t walk, ride your bike or drive through flood water.
* If you are trapped by flash flooding, seek refuge in the highest available place and ring 000 if you need rescue.
* Unplug computers and appliances.
* Avoid using the phone during the storm.
* Stay indoors away from windows, and keep children and pets indoors as well.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring the SES (NSW and ACT) on 132 500.

The next warning is due to be issued by 4:35 pm.

PHOTO: BOM

PHOTO: BOM

EARLIER: A SEVERE thunderstorm warning has been issued for people in parts of the North West Slopes and Plains, Upper Western and Northern Tablelands Forecast Districts.

The Bureau of Meterology warns that the thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours.

Locations which may be affected include Glen Innes, Inverell, Moree, Mungindi, Lightning Ridge and Collarenebri.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* Don’t walk, ride your bike or drive through flood water.
* If you are trapped by flash flooding, seek refuge in the highest available place and ring 000 if you need rescue.
* Unplug computers and appliances.
* Avoid using the phone during the storm.
* Stay indoors away from windows, and keep children and pets indoors as well.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring the SES (NSW and ACT) on 132 500.

The next warning is due to be issued by 12:30 pm.

PHOTO: BOM RADAR

PHOTO: BOM RADAR

Viral News

Sydney man makes gross discovery in pants ordered from popular online retailer

A SYDNEY man has made a shock and rather gross discovery in the pocket of a brand new pair of pants ordered from popular online retailer, The Iconic.

While unwrapping his new pair of chinos, Andrew MC discovered a dirty, used napkin and a receipt from a restaurant on the other side of Australia in one of the pockets.

“Just wondering if you would like the used napkin and receipt for ‘The Real Taste Restaurant’ in WA that I found when I tried on my pants from the order last week?” Andrew wrote on the companies Facebook page.

“I’m sure it was a great meal, I’m just not interested in keeping the scraps. Happy to send the two back for store credit if required!”

PHOTO: Facebook

PHOTO: Facebook

The company were quick to respond to the post.

I’m so sorry that you received this along with your pants! This is not up to the ICONIC standard, it must have slipped though it’s quality control check upon return. Could I please grab your order number and I will have this issue rectified as a priority! Again, our sincerest apologies and thank you for your understanding,” a customer service representative said.

The post, which was accompanied by images of the two unwanted items, went viral, prompting the company to follow up with a second comment.

“Hi everyone, we agree and we’re very disappointed this has happened! Our warehouse team is currently investigating this.

“We have been in touch with Andrew and are having a replacement pair sent out to him ASAP! Again, our sincere apologies Andrew for this negative experience that you have had with us but rest assured we’ll fix everything up for you!”

Young Aussies – winning

Australia’s younger generations are well-placed to succeed, with the nation ranking sixth for youth friendliness.

The Youthonomics Global Index rates countries on how well people aged 15 to 29 can flourish and prosper.

A Paris-based think tank is behind the Index, created to help young people consider their prospects now and into the future.

64 countries were included in the research which considered things like youth unemployment, work and living conditions, health and wellbeing, economic opportunities, quality and cost of education, housing affordability and the age of elected leaders.

To learn more click here.