Risk of flash flooding as heavy rains hit

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UPDATE 11am:

THE Bureau of Meterology has removed the severe weather warning for Victoria.

The immediate threat of severe weather has passed.

The bureau will continue to monitor the situation.

Earlier

FLASH flooding could occur throughout Friday, with heavy rain expected for much of the state.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued an updated severe weather warning on Friday morning.

Bendigo, Echuca, Maryborough, Castlemaine, Seymour and Shepparton are among locations likely to be affected.

The bureau reported a low pressure system and associated upper trough located to the north-west of the state were due to move slowly south-east, reaching the far north-west of Victoria by the afternoon.

The low and upper trough would then cross the remainder of the state later Friday and into Saturday.

The bureau expects heavy rain that could lead to flash flooding to develop across parts of the Mallee, Wimmera, northern country, north-central and south-west districts on Friday morning and afternoon, before easing later in the day. 

It forecast rainfall totals of 20 to 50mm over 24 hours, with most of the rain falling in a 12-hour period.

Thunderstorms are possible, which could result in isolated higher totals of 50 to 70mm.

The State Emergency Service advises 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; and
  • Be alert that in areas recently affected by fires, heavy rainfall increases the potential for landslides and debris across roads

The next Severe Weather Warning will be issued by 11am.

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