Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 10:54 am Wednesday, 29 April 2020.

Heavy rain and damaging winds over the northeast.

A strong cold front will cross Victoria today, reaching northeast Victoria later this afternoon.

HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to FLASH FLOODING is expected to develop across the warning area during the late afternoon then continue into the evening.

Rainfall totals of 50-80mm are likely across the warning area from 11am until midnight, with most of this rain to fall in a 4 hour period as the front crosses the area later today.

A flood watch is current for parts of central and eastern Victoria.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of around 100 km/h, are expected across elevated areas (above 1200 metres) of northeastern Victoria before easing later tonight.

Locations which may be affected include Corryong, Bright, Mansfield, Falls Creek, Mt Hotham and Mt Buller.

Highest rainfall totals to 10:30am today are:

- 107.2mm at Falls Creek

- 78.4mm at Hunters Hill

- 67.2mm at Mongans Bridge

Highest wind gusts so far today are:

- 107km/h at Mt Hotham at 2:27am

- 95km/h at Mt Buller 3:23am

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.