Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 3:57 pm Sunday, 19 January 2020.
Thunderstorms developing across parts of central and eastern Victoria

Weather Situation:
Trough lying across inland Victoria with a humid and unstable airmass to the east of the trough.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds, large, possibly giant hailstones and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Bendigo, Shepparton, Seymour, Melbourne, Wodonga, Wangaratta, Traralgon and Bairnsdale.

22mm in 30 minutes has been recorded at Mt Wellington
40mm in 30 minutes has been recorded at Mt Elizabeth

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.