Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in East Gippsland and parts of Mallee, Northern Country, North Central, North East and West and South Gippsland Forecast Districts.

Issued at 9:48 pm Monday, 30 December 2019.
FIRE INITIATED THUNDERSTORMS OVER EASTERN VICTORIA DRIVING ERRATIC GUSTY CONDITIONS

Eastern Victoria:
Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging, locally destructive winds in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Corryong, Dargo, Bairnsdale, Orbost, Buchan, Mallacoota and Bonang.
Central and Northwest Victoria:

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Kerang, Bendigo, Seymour.
Severe thunderstorms are no longer occurring in the Central, South West and Wimmera districts and the warning for these districts is CANCELLED. There is still extensive thunderstorm activity through western Victoria, however, these storms are unlikely to be classified severe.

Stronger recorded wind gusts so far:
- Melbourne Airport 91km/h at 01:05PM
- St Kilda 93km/h at 04:10pm
- Kilmore Gap 93km/h at 04:24pm
- Walpeup 104km/h at 06:47pm
- Hopetoun 96 km/h at 8:45pm

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.