Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 5:00 am Saturday, 12 May 2018.

Weather Situation:
A deep low pressure system east of Tasmania will gradually move eastwards across the Tasman Sea later Saturday and during Sunday.

DESTRUCTIVE WINDS averaging 70 to 90 km/h with peak gusts of 120 to 140 km/h are forecast

for Alpine peaks above 1600 metres, easing during Saturday morning.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 55 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of 90 to 100 km/h over far eastern Gippsland plus adjacent Alpine areas. Gusts of 110 to 120km/h are expected about Alpine areas below 1600 metres. The potential for damaging winds is expected to contract to far east Gippsland ranges during Saturday afternoon, then ease by Saturday evening.

HEAVY RAIN which may lead to FLASH FLOODING is forecast for the ranges of far east Gippsland, with the risk forecast to ease on Saturday afternoon.

A further 20 to 50mm is forecast across eastern parts of East Gippsland for the rest of Saturday.

Locations which may be affected include Buchan, Mallacoota, Falls Creek, Mt Hotham, Mt Buller and Omeo.

Severe Weather is no longer occurring in Central and North Central districts and the warning for these districts in CANCELLED.

The strongest wind gusts recorded to 12.50am Saturday 12th May include:
143 km/h at Mt Hotham at 11.39pm Friday
135 km/h at Mt William at 2.59pm Friday
130 km/h at Falls Creek at 2.23am Satuday
115 km/h at Mt Buller at 11.36pm Friday
102 km/h at Ben Nevis at 12.44pm Friday
102 km/h at Wilsons Promontory Lighthouse at 11.01am Friday
Peak rainfall totals since 9am Friday 11th May :
88mm at Reeves Knob
83mm at Mt Elizabeth
71mm at Mt Baw Baw
68mm at Thomson-Yarra Divide
65mm at Waterford

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;
* Don't walk, ride or drive through flood water;
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains;
* 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;