Severe weather warning issued for central Victoria

UPDATE 12.15pm: The severe weather warning remains in place for most of the state.

The warning area. Source: www.bom.gov.au

The warning area. Source: www.bom.gov.au

UPDATE 9.15am: Bendigo SES crews have been called out to four jobs overnight.

Deputy controller Natalie Stanway said that while the rain was lovely, people needed to be aware of potential hazards such as trees across roads or falling on parked cars.

“Be mindful that the trees have probably been stressed after a dry period and will be susceptible to falling,” she said.

UPDATE, Tuesday 7.30am:  A SEVERE weather warning remains in place for most of Victoria, with a low pressure trough forecast to move eastwards across the state today. 

The Bureau of Meteorology has warned of widespread rain and isolated thunderstorms, with probable periods of heavy rain and the possibility of flash flooding.

The Central, South West, Northern Country, North Central, North East, West and South Gippsland, Wimmera and parts of the East Gippsland forecast districts are likely to be affected. 

Cities and towns include Bendigo, Maryborough, Horsham, Warrnambool, Shepparton, Seymour, Ballarat, Geelong, Melbourne, Wodonga, Wangaratta and Traralgon. 

Rainfall totals of 20mm to 50mm are expected in the warning area today, with totals exceeding 70mm possible.

The wet and humid conditions have also prompted a brown rot warning for stone fruit growers in the Mallee, Wimmera, Northern Country, North Central, North East, South West, Central, West and South Gippsland and East Gippsland forecast districts.

The State Emergency Service advised that people: 

  • Don't walk, ride or drive through flood water; 
  • Keep clear of creeks and storm drains; 
  • Be aware that in fire affected areas, rainfall run-off into waterways may contain debris such as ash, soil, trees and rocks; 
  • Be alert that in areas recently affected by fires, heavy rainfall increases the potential for landslides and debris across roads.

EARLIER, Monday: A SEVERE weather warning has been issued for most of Victoria.

The Burea of Meteorology says the warning affects people in the Central, South West, Northern Country, North Central, North East, West and South Gippsland, Wimmera and parts of the East Gippsland  areas.

Locations which may be affected include Bendigo, Shepparton, Seymour, Maryborough,  Horsham, Warrnambool, Ballarat, Geelong, Melbourne, Wodonga, Wangaratta and Traralgon. 

The bureau says a low pressure trough over South Australia will move across northern Victoria this evening and tomorrow.

It will come with widespread rain and isolated thunderstorms overnight, before heavy rain that may lead to flash flooding on Tuesday - with the bureau predicting rainfall of up 60mm in some areas.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should: 

* Not walk, ride or drive through flood water; 

* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains; 

* Be aware that in fire affected areas, rainfall run-off into waterways may contain debris such as ash, soil, trees and rocks; 

* Be alert that in areas recently affected by fires, heavy rainfall increases the potential for landslides and debris across roads.