Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Northern Country and parts of North Central and North East Forecast Districts.

Issued at 4:12 pm Saturday, 1 February 2020.

A very dangerous storm with destructive winds is currently located near Seymour.

Weather Situation: Thunderstorms in the North Country and North Central moving quickly to the east, south-east. Further thunderstorms expected to develop into the north-east in the coming hours.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging, locally destructive 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 Echuca, Shepparton, Euroa, Yarrawonga, Seymour, Wangaratta, Bright, Mansfield and Mt Buller.

A particularly dangerous thunderstorm with locally destructive winds is moving through the Seymour area and could possibly affect Yea and Alexandra.

128km/h has been observed at Mangalore

98km/h wind gust observed at Swan Hill

Charlton 24mm (15mm in 15 minutes)

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.