Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Mallee, North East and Wimmera Forecast Districts.

Issued at 6:47 pm Tuesday, 1 March 2022.
Thunderstorms and showers leading to heavy rainfall for parts of western and northern Victoria.

Weather Situation: A broad trough of low pressure over western Victoria combines with a large high pressure system southeast of Tasmania, resulting in a humid easterly stream which will promote severe thunderstorm development today.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Ouyen, Murrayville, Rainbow, Walpeup, Nhill and Kaniva.

44.4mm of rainfall recorded at Hillview in the 3hrs to 6pm.
30.8mm of rainfall recorded at Earlstan in the 30min to 4pm.
34.8mm of rainfall recorded at Archdale Junction in the 3hrs to 1130am.

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.