Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Mallee, South West and Wimmera Forecast Districts.

Issued at 8:22 pm Tuesday, 15 March 2022.

Slow moving heavy thunderstorms continuing.

Weather Situation:
A humid and unstable airmass is combining with an approaching upper level disturbance to produce severe thunderstorms today. Thunderstorms are expected to be slow moving with heavy rainfall.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Rainbow, Birchip, Warracknabeal, Hamilton and Casterton.

Severe thunderstorms are no longer occurring in the Central and West and South Gippsland districts and the warning for these districts is CANCELLED.

37.2mm at Eumemmerring

28.0mm at Cardinia Creek at Officer

23.6mm at Lang Lang

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.