HEAVY rainfall which may lead to flash flooding is expected to develop across the warning area from late Wednesday morning.

The period of heaviest rainfall is expected from early Wednesday evening through to Thursday morning.

24-hour rainfall totals from late Wednesday morning to late Thursday morning are expected to be 70 to 120mm across the warning area, reaching 150 to 250mm about higher terrain in West Gippsland.

A separate Severe Weather Warning for Damaging winds is also current for this area.

A Flood Watch is current for Eastern and Central river catchments.

Locations which may be affected include Kyneton, Macedon, Morwell, Traralgon, Sale, Moe and Maffra.

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.

The next Severe Weather Warning will be issued by 5:00 pm AEST Wednesday.
Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau’s website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 210. The Bureau and State Emergency Service would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.