Source: Bureau of Meteorology
For people in Central, Northern Country, North Central, West and South Gippsland and parts of East Gippsland and North East Forecast Districts.
Issued at 6:12 pm Wednesday, 15 January 2020.
Slow moving Severe Thunderstorms are moving across central and eastern Victoria
Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Bendigo, Shepparton, Seymour, Maryborough, Ballarat, Melbourne, Bacchus Marsh, Wangaratta, Morwell, Traralgon, Sale and Moe.
Severe thunderstorms are no longer occurring in the Mallee and South West districts and the warning for these districts is CANCELLED.
A 110km/h wind gust has been observed at Avalon airport at 3pm.
A 96km/h wind gust has been observed at Fawkner Beacon over northern Port Phillip Bay at 4pm and at Melbourne Airport at 4:30pm.
71mm in an hour, of which 54mm fell in 30 minutes, has been recorded at St Albans between 4:15-5:15pm
44mm in 30 minutes has been recorded at Avalon between 3-3:30pm
28mm in 30 minutes has been recorded at Lara between 3-3:30pm.
2cm hail was reported near Ballarat around 4pm.
* Be aware that in fire affected areas, rainfall run-off into waterways may contain debris such as ash, soil, trees and rocks.
* Be alert that in areas recently affected by fires, heavy rainfall increases the potential for landslides and debris across roads.
The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Check that loose items such as outdoor settings, umbrellas and trampolines are safely secured and move vehicles under cover or away from trees.
* Stay indoors and away from windows.
* If outdoors, move to a safe place indoors. Stay away from trees, drains, gutters, creeks and waterways.
* If driving conditions are dangerous, safely pull over away from trees, drains, low-lying areas and floodwater. Avoid travel if possible.
* Stay safe by avoiding dangerous hazards, such as floodwater, mud, debris, damaged roads and fallen trees.
* Stay away from fallen powerlines always assume they are live.
* Stay informed monitor weather warnings, forecasts and river levels at the Bureau of Meteorology website, and warnings through VicEmergency.