VIC Severe Weather Warning: Heavy Rain


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Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 10:22 am Tuesday, 11 May 2021.


Weather Situation: A strong, moist southeasterly airstream will continue to feed across southern Victoria as a high pressure system rapidly strengthens to the south while a weak low sits over southern NSW coastal waters.

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 30 to 60mm are expected broadly through Gippsland and about the Otways. Higher totals of 50 to 100mm are likely across areas east of Orbost as well as the ranges east of Mount Baw Baw, with isolated higher totals possible.

Heavy rain is expected to continue throughout Tuesday before gradually easing from late Tuesday afternoon. Moderate rain is expected to continue through Eastern and Central Gippsland overnight and during Wednesday, clearing on Wednesday evening.

A Flood Watch is current for catchments in East Gippsland and parts of West Gippsland.

Locations which may be affected include Maffra, Bairnsdale, Orbost, Buchan, 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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