Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 6:08 am Wednesday, 29 September 2021.

HEAVY RAIN and STRONG WINDS IN THE OTWAYS

Weather Situation: A low pressure system will develop inland over NSW today, and deepen and move south on Thursday.

HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to FLASH FLOODING may develop WEDNESDAY evening, and continue during THURSDAY.

Rainfall totals of 50-100mm are expected to accumulate between around 10pm Wednesday night until around 10am Thursday morning.

Rainfall rates are likely to ease by late Thursday morning, with shower activity likely persisting throughout Thursday and Friday.

A Flood Watch has been issued for the Otway Coast. Please check website for details.

DAMAGING EAST to SOUTHEASTERLY WINDS, averaging 40 to 60 km/h with peak gusts of 80 to 90 km/h are expected to develop about the Otways late WEDNESDAY night and continue during THURSDAY morning.

Winds are expected to ease below warning thresholds late THURSDAY morning.

Locations that may be affected include Apollo Bay and Lorne.

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.