Source: Bureau of Meteorology

for DAMAGING, LOCALLY DESTRUCTIVE WINDS, LARGE HAILSTONES and HEAVY RAINFALL

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

Issued at 1:23 pm Monday, 21 September 2020.

THUNDERSTORMS AND SQUALLY WINDS

Weather Situation: A cold front moving across eastern Victoria is producing severe thunderstorms.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging, locally destructive winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Wodonga, Wangaratta, Bright, Bairnsdale, Falls Creek and Omeo.

Significant wind gusts so far include:

96km/h at Mt Hotham at 12:37pm

87km/h at Falls Creek at 1:01pm

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.