Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 5:45 pm Saturday, 1 February 2020.

Thunderstorms continue to track east into eastern Victoria with damaging winds.

Weather Situation: Thunderstorms in the Northeast and West and South Gippsland moving quickly to the east south-east with damaging winds.

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 Wangaratta, Bright, Morwell, Traralgon, Sale, Moe, Maffra, Falls Creek and Omeo.

Severe thunderstorms are no longer occurring in the Central district and the warning for this district is CANCELLED.

128km/h has been observed at Mangalore

111km/h at Eildon Fire Tower

106km/h at Puckapunyal

102km/h at Shepparton

100km/h at Falls Creek

98km/h wind gust observed at Swan Hill

Charlton 24mm (15mm in 15 minutes)

Puckapunyal 19mm in 10 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.