Severe weather warning for heavy rainfall issued by BOM

Gregor Mactaggart

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for heavy rainfall across much of Victoria, including the Latrobe Valley.

The warning advice, issued at 8.54am today, is for people in East Gippsland, North East, West and South Gippsland districts, and parts of the Central, Northern Country and North Central Forecast Districts.

Locations which may be affected include Shepparton, Wodonga, Wangaratta, Traralgon, Moe and Bairnsdale.

The Latrobe Valley received 22.4mm in the 24 hours leading up to 9am.

A trough over western Victoria will continue moving slowly east throughout today, clearing central districts around noon and eastern Victoria this afternoon.

Areas of heavy rainfall which may lead to flash flooding have affected southern Victoria overnight and this morning.

Heavy rainfall is now moving into Gippsland and will extend to the eastern ranges this morning.

Further rainfall totals up to 50-60mm are possible in the east.

Heavy rainfall associated with thunderstorms may also affect parts of the North East this morning.

Rainfall will clear central parts during this morning and the east later this afternoon.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:

* 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.