Melbourne Area Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Large Hail


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Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Northern Local Warning Area.

Issued at 6:06 pm Sunday, 2 May 2021.

Weather Situation: Thunderstorms continue through parts of central Victoria, including Melbourne, near a trough moving slowly east in an environment that may support severe storms however radar suggests that most thunderstorms have currently eased in intensity and are all well below severe thresholds except the area northeast of Melbourne

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 6:05 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near the area north of Whittlesea. These thunderstorms are moving towards the southeast. They are forecast to affect the area east of Whittlesea by 6:35 pm and the area south of Kinglake by 7:05 pm.

Large hailstones are likely.

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.
* Stay informed: Monitor weather warnings, forecasts and river levels at the Bureau of Meteorology website, and warnings through VicEmergency website/app/hotline.


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