VIC Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Heavy Rain

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Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 12:58 pm Wednesday, 7 April 2021.

SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WITH HEAVY RAINFALL ABOUT EASTERN VICTORIA

Weather Situation:
A trough of low pressure extends into northern Victoria from inland NSW, providing a moist and unstable atmosphere over eastern Victoria.

Slow-moving thunderstorms are likely to produce brief heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Bright, Dargo, Falls Creek, Mt Hotham, Mt Buller and Omeo.

Reeves Knob has received 25mm in just over half an hour.

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.



 

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