Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in East Gippsland and parts of North East Forecast Districts.

Issued at 3:28 pm Saturday, 17 October 2020.

SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN THE EAST

Weather Situation: Thunderstorms are moving across parts of eastern Victoria with a front line.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding over the next several hours in parts of the East Gippsland district. Locations which may be affected include Bairnsdale, Orbost, Buchan, Mallacoota, Gelantipy and Bonang.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding over the next several hours in parts of the East Gippsland and North East districts. Locations which may be affected include Corryong, Bright, Falls Creek and Mt Hotham.

- Wangaratta recorded 19.8mm in 25 minutes to 2:40pm

- Mt Elizabeth recorded 15mm in 15 minutes to 4:00pm

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.