Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 1:36 pm Tuesday, 26 January 2021.

HEAVY RAIN WITH THUNDERSTORMS FOR EASTERN VICTORIA

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Weather Situation : A humid and unstable airmass with and east of a low pressure trough is moving across eastern Victoria today, generating areas of rain and thunderstorms.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours. There is also a slight chance of damaging wind gusts in the North East district this afternoon. Locations which may be affected include Wodonga, Corryong, Bright, Bairnsdale, Orbost and Falls Creek.

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

Falls of 20 to 40 mm have occurred in numerous locations today, some notable falls include 28 mm in about an hour at Strathbogie and 45 mm in 2 hours at Matong North.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* 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.
* Be aware - heat, fire or recent storms may make trees unstable and more likely to fall when it's windy or wet.
* Check that loose items, such as outdoor settings, umbrellas and trampolines are safely secured. 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.
* Stay away from fallen powerlines - always assume they are live.
* Be aware that in fire affected areas, rainfall run-off into waterways may contain debris such as ash, soil, trees and rocks. Heavy rainfall may also increase the potential for landslides and debris across roads.
* Stay informed: Monitor weather warnings, forecasts and river levels at the Bureau of Meteorology website, and warnings through VicEmergency website/app/hotline.