Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 8:54 am Saturday, 1 February 2020.

Heavy to intense rainfall leading to flash flooding continues for parts of western and central Victoria today.

A warm and very humid airmass extends across much of Victoria today with rain and thunderstorms with locally heavy falls. A cool change currently in the far southwest will slowly move across the state today easing conditions.

INTENSE RAINFALL in association with rain and thunderstorms which may lead to dangerous and life-threatening flash flooding may develop over the warning area during today. General rainfall totals of between 20mm and 50mm are expected with isolated falls up to 100mm possible.

Locations which may be affected include Horsham, Warrnambool, Seymour, Maryborough, Ballarat, Geelong, Melbourne, Wonthaggi and Bacchus Marsh.

61mm has fallen at Nhill (50mm falling in 6 hours)

52mm at McNeils Bridge

42mm at Longerenong

40mm at Horsham

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* 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.