BALLARAT is on the verge of a severe thunderstorm warning that has been issued for much of western Victoria today.
The Bureau of Meteorology issued the following warning at 1.33pm:
“Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Stawell, Warracknabeal, Colac, Ararat, Apollo Bay and Lake Bolac.
Ballarat is right on the edge of the warning zone. Source: Bureau of Meteorology
The State Emergency Service advises that rainfall run-off into waterways in recent fire affected areas may contain debris such as soil, ash, trees and rocks. People in fire affected areas should also be alert to the potential for landslides and debris across roads.
The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* keep away from creeks and drains.
* do not drive vehicles through flooded areas.
* 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 4:35 pm.
If severe thunderstorms develop in the Melbourne Area, a more detailed Severe Thunderstorm Warning will be issued to people in this area.
Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau’s website at 梧桐夜网bom.gov419论坛 or call 1300 659 217. The Bureau and State Emergency Service would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.
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