Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Victoria Regional Office
TOP PRIORITY FOR IMMEDIATE BROADCAST
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING - MELBOURNE AREA
for DAMAGING WIND, HEAVY RAINFALL and LARGE HAILSTONES
For people in the
Geelong and Bellarine Peninsula and parts of the
Port Phillip and
Western Local Warning Areas.
Issued at 1:02 am Sunday, 1 May 2016.
The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 1:00 am, severe thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near the area west of Meredith, the area east of Ballarat and the area south of Meredith. These thunderstorms are moving towards the southeast. They are forecast to affect Brisbane Ranges and the area west of Geelong City by 1:30 am and Geelong City and Lara by 2:00 am.
Damaging winds are likely, and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones are possible.
The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Keep clear of fallen power lines.
* Secure any loose objects in the vicinity of your home.
* Keep away from creeks and drains.
* Do not drive vehicles through flooded areas.
* 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
The next warning is due to be issued by 2:00 am.
A more general severe thunderstorm warning is also current for the Mallee, South West, Wimmera and parts of the Central, Northern Country and North Central districts.
Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 217. The Bureau and State Emergency Service would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.