Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 7:10 pm Sunday, 19 January 2020.
Thunderstorms across parts of central and eastern Victoria

Weather Situation:
Thunderstorms continuing across central and eastern parts of Victoria.
Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Shepparton, Seymour, Ballarat, Melbourne, Wodonga and Wangaratta.

* 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.

22mm in 30 minutes has been recorded at Mt Wellington
40mm in 30 minutes has been recorded at Mt Elizabeth
50mm in 45 minutes has been recorded at Broadford
Golf ball sized hail has been reported across a number of eastern suburbs.
5cm hail was reported in the Glen Iris area.

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.