Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 12:13 pm Monday, 20 January 2020.

Weather Situation:
Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce intense rainfall that may lead to dangerous and life-threatening flash flooding over the next several hours in parts of the West and South Gippsland district. Locations which may be affected include Morwell, Traralgon, Warragul, Sale, Moe, Maffra and Mt Baw Baw.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding over the next several hours in the Mallee, Northern Country and parts of the North Central and Wimmera districts. Locations which may be affected include Mildura, Ouyen, Swan Hill, Kerang, Walpeup, Birchip, St Arnaud, Bendigo, Echuca, Shepparton, Rochester and Castlemaine.

A severe thunderstorm over Stratford (in West Gippsland) has delivered intense rainfall rates, recording 45mm in the last 2 hours and 72mm in the last 3 hours.
A severe thunderstorm over The Gorge (in West Gippsland) has delivered near to intense rainfall rates, recording 43mm in the last hour and 52mm in the last 2 hours.

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.