Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Central, Northern Country, North Central, North East, West and South Gippsland and parts of East Gippsland, Mallee, South West and Wimmera Forecast Districts.

Issued at 5:50 pm Friday, 14 February 2020.

A very humid and unstable airstream across the State with a slow moving low pressure trough in the west.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Bendigo, Shepparton, Seymour, Maryborough, Ballarat, Geelong, Melbourne and Traralgon.

The highest rainfall measured today is

63 mm at Thorpdale

63mm at Cardinia

58mm at Sheoaks

50mm at Officer

44mm at Koo Wee Rup

The highest gust today is 104 km/h from Longerenong

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Be aware that trees that have been damaged by heat or fire may be unstable and more likely to fall when it is windy or wet.
* 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.
* 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.