Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in East Gippsland and parts of West and South Gippsland Forecast Districts.

Issued at 9:43 am Sunday, 3 April 2022.

Heavy to INTENSE rainfall over parts of Gippsland during Sunday. Strong to damaging winds developing in the southeast during Sunday night.

Weather Situation: A low pressure system just to the east of Victoria will move slowly into eastern Bass Strait during Sunday, deepening in response to an upper trough.

HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to FLASH FLOODING is forecast through East Gippsland and eastern parts of West and South Gippsland during Sunday. Six-hourly rainfall totals between 60 to 90mm are likely.

INTENSE RAINFALL which may lead to DANGEROUS AND LIFE THREATENING FLASH FLOODING is possible in East Gippsland, with six-hourly totals to 120mm possible with embedded thunderstorm and heavy shower activity.

Strong to DAMAGING WINDS averaging 55 to 65 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 100 km/h are possible along exposed coastal parts of East Gippsland on Sunday night. DAMAGING WIND GUSTS to 100 km/h are also possible about the ranges in southern parts of East Gippsland.

Conditions are expected to ease early on Monday morning as the low tracks east, moving away from the coast into the Tasman Sea.

FLOOD WATCHES and WARNINGS are current for parts of Gippsland catchments. For details, please see www.bom.gov.au/vic/warnings/

Locations which may be affected include Dargo, Bairnsdale, Orbost, Gelantipy, Buchan, Mallacoota and Bonang.

24 hour rainfall totals to 9am on Sunday:

Mount Waldron Fire Tower: 186.2mm

Chandlers Creek: 158.8mm

Mount Cann Fire Tower: 155mm

Mallacoota: 117mm

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.