Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Central and South West Forecast Districts.

Issued at 12:35 pm Friday, 28 January 2022.

Severe thunderstorms are producing heavy rainfall and damaging winds.

Weather Situation: A cluster of strong storms continues to move eastward in a very humid environment and is expected to produce heavy rainfall and damaging winds.
Isolated destructive wind gusts are possible.

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 Ballarat, Geelong, Melbourne, Frankston, Bacchus Marsh and Rosebud.

A 133 km/h wind gust was reported at Mt Gellibrand at 10:11 AM.

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.