Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Mallee and parts of Wimmera Forecast Districts.

Issued at 3:37 pm Thursday, 18 November 2021.

SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ABOUT THE WIMMERA AND MALLEE

Weather Situation: A low pressure system is expected to move to the southwest of Victoria this afternoon, as an associated trough crosses western districts.

Severe thunderstorms about parts of the Wimmera and Mallee are likely to produce damaging wind gusts of up to 90 km/h over the next several hours. The risk of thunderstorms will begin ease by early evening.

. Locations which may be affected include Mildura, Ouyen, Murrayville, Rainbow, Walpeup and Nhill.

87 km/h gust has been reported in Renmark, SA.

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.
* Be aware that in fire affected areas, rainfall run-off into waterways may contain debris such as ash, soil, trees and rocks. Heavy rainfall may also increase the potential for landslides and debris across roads.
* Stay informed: Monitor weather warnings, forecasts and river levels at the Bureau of Meteorology website, and warnings through VicEmergency website/app/hotline.