Source: Bureau of Meteorology

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 4:15 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Bellbrae and the area north of Anglesea. These thunderstorms are moving towards the east. They are forecast to affect Breamlea and Torquay by 4:45 pm and Bass Strait and waters off Rye ocean beach by 5:15 pm.

Damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding are likely.

Arthurs Creek has recorded 41.6mm in the hour to 8:02 am and 57.8mm in the 2.5 hours to 8:41am

Coldstream has recorded 37.2mm in the hour to 8:46mm

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.