Severe Thunderstorm Warning Feb 1 2020

For DAMAGING WINDS and HEAVY RAINFALL


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For people in Northern Country and parts of Mallee Forecast Districts.

Issued at 1:47 pm Saturday, 1 February 2020.


Severe thunderstorms are developing in the Mallee and moving quickly southeast.

Weather Situation: Showers and thunderstorms developing in the Mallee and moving quickly to the east, south-east. Further thunderstorms expected to develop in the Northern country in the coming hours.


Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Swan Hill, Kerang, Robinvale, Bendigo, Echuca, Shepparton, Euroa and Rochester.


The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Be aware that trees that have been damaged by heat or fire may be unstable and more likely to fall when it is windy or wet.
* 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.
* Stay informed monitor weather warnings, forecasts and river levels at the Bureau of Meteorology website, and warnings through VicEmergency.

The next warning is due to be issued by 4:50 pm.

Damien Willoughby

1 February 2020

Article by:

Damien Willoughby




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