A SEVERE thunderstorm could hit Bendigo as an emergency warning is issued in Melbourne.
Damaging winds, large "possibly giant" hailstones and heavy rainfall could hit Bendigo and other parts of the region, the Bureau of Meteorology has warned.
Bendigo is right on the edge of the warning area, parts of which have already been hit hard.
An area east of Echuca has already copped a deluge and strong winds with hailstones of up to two centimetress, BOM duty forecaster Dean Narramore said.
"It looks right now to avoid the worst of it but you can expect storms late tonight and into the early hours," he said.
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An emergency alert has been posted for part of Melbourne, where a "dangerous" thunderstorm is hitting.
"If you are located in Ringwood, Scoresby, Vermont, Glen Waverley, Greenborough or Kew, you are in danger. You should immediately move indoors to stay safe," the alert reads.
More than 20mm of rain fell in 30 minutes at Mount Ellington and 40 fell at Mount Elizabeth, both in the state's south.
The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
- Check that loose items such as outdoor settings, umbrellas and trampolines are safely secured and 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.
- 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.
- Stay away from fallen powerlines always assume they are live.
- Stay informed monitor weather warnings, forecasts and river levels at the Bureau of Meteorology website, and warnings through VicEmergency.
The next warning is due to be issued by 7:00 pm.
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