Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 1:45 am Saturday, 1 February 2020.

Severe thunderstorms over western Victoria.

Weather Situation: Very hot and humid north to northwesterly winds are extending across Victoria

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 Horsham, Hamilton, Warrnambool, Portland and Ballarat.

Highest winds speeds from Friday.

Severe wind gusts of 120km/h at 6:20pm and 119km/h at 2:45pm were recorded at Mt Gellibrand, 106km/h was recorded at St kilda Harbour at 4:00pm, 98km/h was recorded at Horsham at 4:20pm, 94km/h was recorded at Melbourne Airport at 3:45pm, 93km/h was recorded at Ballarat and Westmere at 2:05pm and 90 km/h was recorded at Stawell at 1:15pm, Essendon Airport at 3:50pm and Kilmore Gap at 5:25pm.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Be aware that trees that have been damaged by heat or fire may be unstable and more likely to fall when it is windy or wet.
* 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.