Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Mallee, Northern Country, North Central and Wimmera Forecast Districts.

Issued at 1:29 am Friday, 28 January 2022.

Severe thunderstorms about northwest of Victoria.

Weather Situation: A very moist and unstable airmass is in place across Victoria, ahead of a trough moving eastwards into the state. The upper atmosphere will support the continuation of thunderstorms through this morning, mainly across the western half of the state.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Ouyen, Swan Hill, Kerang, Warracknabeal, Echuca and Yarrawonga.

Observations on Thursday included:

A 133 km/h wind gust was recorded at Swan Hill at 8:32 pm.

A 139km/h wind gust was recorded at Horsham at 4:45pm.

A 107km/h wind gusts was recorded at Longerenong at 5:04pm

34.4mm of rainfall was recorded in 30minutes at St Arnaud

38 mm in 60 minutes was recorded at Geelong and 28.7 mm in 30 mm at Moolap.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* 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.
* Be aware - heat, fire or recent storms may make trees unstable and more likely to fall when it's windy or wet.
* Check that loose items, such as outdoor settings, umbrellas and trampolines are safely secured. 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.
* Stay away from fallen powerlines - always assume they are live.
* Be aware that in fire affected areas, rainfall run-off into waterways may contain debris such as ash, soil, trees and rocks. Heavy rainfall may also increase the potential for landslides and debris across roads.
* Stay informed: Monitor weather warnings, forecasts and river levels at the Bureau of Meteorology website, and warnings through VicEmergency website/app/hotline.