Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in East Gippsland, West and South Gippsland and parts of North East Forecast Districts.

Issued at 5:36 am Friday, 12 November 2021.

Moderate to heavy rain developing across eastern Victoria today.

Weather Situation: A deep low pressure system over southern NSW crossing northeastern Victoria today before moving into the Tasman Sea tonight.

HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to FLASH FLOODING may develop during Friday morning, continuing throughout the day.

24 hour rainfall totals of 25-50 mm are likely across the warning area, with some falls of 50-80 mm possible across the Gippsland high country and adjacent coast.

Flood watches have been issued for many catchments across central and eastern Victoria.

Locations which may be affected include Morwell, Traralgon, Sale, Moe, Bairnsdale and Orbost.

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.