Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Inner East, Northern and Outer East Local Warning Areas.

Issued at 8:07 am Thursday, 27 January 2022.
INTENSE RAINFALL IS OCCURRING WITH THUNDERSTORMS OVER MELBOURNE.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 8:05 am, very dangerous thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Greensborough and Ringwood. These thunderstorms are moving towards the east. Very dangerous thunderstorms are forecast to affect Mt Dandenong, Yarra Junction and the area east of Mt Dandenong by 8:35 am and Gembrook by 9:05 am.

Intense rainfall that may lead to dangerous and life-threatening flash flooding is likely.

Arthurs Creek has recorded 41.6mm in the hour to 8:02 am

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.
* Stay informed: Monitor weather warnings, forecasts and river levels at the Bureau of Meteorology website, and warnings through VicEmergency website/app/hotline.