Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Port Phillip waters, Geelong and Bellarine Peninsula and parts of Mornington Peninsula, Inner, South East and Western Local Warning Areas.

Issued at 8:17 pm Thursday, 27 January 2022.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 8:10 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Geelong City, Lara and Daylesford. These thunderstorms are moving towards the east to southeast. They are forecast to affect Queenscliff, Torquay and Werribee by 8:40 pm and Caulfield, Footscray, Melbourne City, Melton, Preston, Rosebud and St Albans by 9:10 pm.

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

Mount Gellibrand recorded a wind gust of 91 km/h at 7:34 pm.

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.