Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Central and South West Forecast Districts.

Issued at 8:01 am Tuesday, 26 December 2023.
Heavy rainfall about the Otway Ranges today.

Weather Situation: Easterly winds are drawing rich moisture from the Tasman Sea and are ascending over the Otway Ranges today, causing persistent moderate to heavy rainfall.
HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to FLASH FLOODING is expected about the Otway Ranges during Tuesday morning and early afternoon. Six hourly totals between 50 and 75 mm are possible.

Rainfall is expected to ease during this afternoon.

A flood watch is current for the area. Please refer to

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.