Source: Bureau of Meteorology
Issued at 12:59 pm Wednesday, 1 April 2020.
Heavy rain possible in northeast Victoria Thursday morning
Weather Situation: a broad area of rain will move over Victoria overnight Wednesday night.
HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to FLASH FLOODING is possible in northeastern Victoria early THURSDAY morning. Rain is likely to develop in the warning area very late Wednesday night and persist through most of Thursday. Widespread rainfall totals of 40 to 60mm with localised falls to 80mm are possible in a 12 hour period.
The rainfall is likely to be heaviest in the early hours of Thursday morning, easing by mid morning. Isolated thunderstorms are possible in the rain band and may lead to localised heavier falls.
Locations which may be affected include Wodonga and Wangaratta.
The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* 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.
* 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.