Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in South West and parts of Wimmera Forecast Districts.

Issued at 6:11 pm Friday, 1 November 2019.

SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WITH DAMAGING WINDS AND HEAVY RAINFALL IN THE SOUTHWEST AND WIMMERA DISTRICTS

Weather Situation:
Severe thunderstorms are expected in a moist airmass on and ahead of a surface trough in the SW of the State. Damaging winds and heavy rain are likely with thunderstorms.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Horsham, Edenhope, Hamilton, Warrnambool, Colac and Lake Bolac.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Move vehicles under cover or away from trees.
* Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony.
* Keep clear of fallen power lines.
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* Don't drive, ride or walk through flood water.
* Be aware that in fire affected areas, rainfall run-off into waterways may contain debris such as ash, soil, trees and rocks.
* Be alert that in areas recently affected by fires, heavy rainfall increases the potential for landslides and debris across roads.
* Stay indoors if possible.
* Avoid using the phone during the storm.
* If you are outside, avoid sheltering under trees
* Listen to the radio for storm updates
* Switch off your computer and electrical appliances