The Bureau of Meterology has issued a severe weather warning that forecasts damaging winds and heavy rainfall, which is likely to cause flash flooding across the entire Gippsland region.
BOM’s severe weather warning predicts damaging winds of approximately 60 km/h with peak gusts of 100 km/h.
A deep low pressure system will also form off the East Gippsland coast and will peak in intensity over the eastern bass strait this afternoon.
A spokesperson for the the State Emergency Service advises Gippsland residents to stay safe and not to venture into hazardous areas.
“First and foremost, I would advise residents to not drive, ride of walk through flood water”, the State Emergency Service spokesperson said.
“Residents should also keep clear of fallen power lines, creeks and storm drains and be alert in areas recently affected by fires as heavy rainfall increases the potential for landslides and debris across roads.”
The next warning will be issued by BOM in the next hour and will be made available through the Bureau of Metrology website as well via TV and radio broadcasts.
For emergency help in floods and storms ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.