Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 3:27 pm Monday, 25 December 2023.

Severe thunderstorms across the north of the state this afternoon.

Weather Situation: A strong upper trough and surface low positioned over northwest Victoria has lead to the development of severe thunderstorms across northern parts of the state this afternoon.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding, damaging winds and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Bendigo and Corryong.

25.0 mm was recorded in the 30 minutes to 3:00 pm at Swan Hill.

37.4 mm was recorded in the 2 hours to 1:34 pm at Rutherglen.

55.6 mm was recorded in the 6 hours to 11:33 am at Pyalong.

52.8 mm was recorded in the 6 hours to 10:28 am at Puckapunyal.

48.2 mm was recorded in the 6 hours to 7:00 am at Bet Bet Creek (with 96.6 mm recorded in the last 24 hours).

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.