"This is an event of absolute massive scale. It is an event that poses a threat to life. There will be roads cut, floodwaters. It's an event where one really has to look after their own safety."
— Senior Forecaster Scott Williams
The Bureau of Meteorology is urging Melbourne not to be fooled by the slow start to this weekend's storm, with "ten out of ten" wild weather still tipped to lash the region.
A low pressure system is developing over northwestern Victoria across Friday and will slowly move southeastwards over the next three days.
Heavy rain, scattered thunderstorms and flash flooding are forecasted with a severe weather warning in place for Victoria.
Senior forecaster Scott Williams says the situation will intensify throughout the afternoon and evening.
"When it does rain it will come down very, very hard." said Mr. Williams. "We are likely to see extensive flooding across the Melbourne metropolitan area and the disruption that causes."
The northern and central regions of the state will see between 100mm and 200mm of rain over the three days.
Elsewhere totals between 30mm and 100mm are likely.
ADVICE ON HOW TO STAY SAFE:
Despite a lacklustre start to the severe storm, experts are urging Victorians to anticipate difficulty travelling home in the afternoon or evening.
"We're warning people of the commute home," said Andrew Morrison from SES Victoria. "There will be impacts to the roads across the state tonight, so make sure you've got alternate ways to get home tonight and prepare your house as much as possible."
- Don't walk, ride or drive through flood water;
- Keep clear of creeks and storm drains;
- 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
Call SES Victoria on 132 500 for non-urgent flood assistance.
For urgent flood assistance call 000.
Senior Forecaster Chris Godfred on Triple M's Hot Breakfast:
SES Victoria's Andrew Morrison speaking on Triple M's Hot Breakfast:
Significant stream rises are expected in nearly all the state's waterways.
Widespread flooding is likely.
Affected waterways include:
- Snowy River
- Tambo River
- Mitchell River
- Avon River
- Macalister River
- Thomson River
- Latrobe River
- Traralgon Creek
- Gippsland Lakes
- South Gippsland Rivers
- Bunyip River and Dandenong Creek
- Yarra River
- Maribyrnong River
- Werribee River
- Barwon, Leigh and Moorabool Rivers
- Hopkins River
- Lake Corangamite
- Otway Coast
- Upper Murray and Mitta Mitta Rivers
- Kiewa River
- Ovens and King Rivers
- Broken River
- Broken Creek
- Seven and Castle Creeks
- Goulburn River
- Campaspe River
- Loddon River
- Avoca River
- Wimmera River
- River Murray Murraylands
- Murray River
- Murray River to Tocumwal