VIC Severe Weather Warning: Heavy Rain


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Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 11:59 am Monday, 10 May 2021.

Weather Situation: A low moving over southeast NSW tonight will direct a very wet southeasterly airstream over southern Victoria on Tuesday.
HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to FLASH FLOODING is likely to develop during Tuesday morning through Eastern, Central and parts of West Gippsland, as well as along the Otway coast.

Daily rainfall totals of 40 to 70mm of are expected broadly through Gippsland and about the Otways. Isolated totals exceeding 100mm are possible through Gippsland, but are most likely about the Gippsland slopes, and about areas east of Orbost.
Heavy rain is expected to continue throughout Tuesday before gradually easing on Tuesday evening and overnight into Wednesday.

Locations which may be affected include Sale, Maffra, Bairnsdale, Orbost, Mallacoota and Mt Baw Baw.

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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