Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 11:26 am Monday, 25 December 2023.

Heavy rainfall with severe thunderstorms over northern Victoria.

Weather Situation: A developing surface low over northwestern Victoria is generating thunderstorms through northern Victoria in a moist and unstable airmass.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Bendigo, Shepparton, Seymour, Maryborough, Wodonga and Wangaratta.

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

Swan Hill reported 29mm in 1 hr to 6:12am

Bet Bet Creek reported 48mm in 6hrs to 7:00am

Pyalong reported 54.6mm in 6hrs to to 11:19am

Puckapunyal reported 52.8mm in 6hrs to 10:28am

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.