THESE WARNINGS ALSO APPLY TO: South Gippsland, Northern Country, North Central, Central and North East forecast districts.
Residents of West Gippsland have been warned by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) to prepare for severe weather and flash flooding this evening.
The BOM is expecting up to 50mm in rainfall tonight.
The State Emergency Service (SES) has issued the following advice for residents:
-Stay Informed – monitor local conditions and be aware of the situation.
-Farmers should prepare to move machinery and livestock to higher ground.
-Tune in to your emergency broadcasters: ABC Local Radio [tune to 100.7 FM for ABC Latrobe Valley], commercial radio and designated community radio stations, or SKY NEWS Television.
-Ensure your family members and neighbours are aware of the situation.
-Floodwaters are dangerous – never drive, walk or ride through floodwaters.
-Floodwaters are toxic – never play or swim in floodwaters.
The SES is also advising that those in caravan parks in low-lying areas should move to higher ground.
The BOM has warned against driving, riding or walking though flood waters and to keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
For a complete list of weather warnings around Victoira, visit http://www.bom.gov.au/vic/warnings/index.shtml.
Emergency numbers are:
Write these numbers down in case of power outages.
For storm emergency assistance from the SES: 132 500, or for SES information: 1300 842 737
For life-threatening injury: 000
Information on road closures: www.vicroads.vic.gov.au or phone 131 170.
The next weather warning update from the BOM will be issued at 11PM. You can access the BOM warnings website for Victoria at http://www.bom.gov.au/vic/warnings/index.shtml
Significant lightning and thunder as well as strong winds and rain have just hit Warragul.
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