11 May 2018
Heavy rain and damaging winds have hit Melbourne and parts of Victoria this afternoon, with gusts of up to 98km/h recorded at Point Nepean.
Emergency management agencies including SES crews have been busy, responding to more than 370 calls for assistance since midnight. The majority of calls have been to the Bellarine and Mornington Peninsula areas.
A severe weather warning is in place for Central, East Gippsland, North Central, West and South Gippsland and parts of South West, North East and Wimmera districts.
The impact of winds means trees may be weakened and ready to fall. Secure or put away any loose items around your home ahead of the winds.
Heavy rainfall will move towards East Gippsland into tomorrow, communities in Gippsland and Upper Yarra catchment area are advised to be on alert for minor flooding. People should monitor the conditions and avoid camping along rivers and consider moving agricultural pumps and livestock away from rivers edge.
Motorists should continue to take care on the roads by reducing their speed, maintaining a larger distance between vehicles and turning their headlights on. Motorists should not drive through floodwaters - it can take as little as 15cm to float a small car.
As the weather gets colder, people should take care when using heaters, ensuring they are serviced regularly and used according to manufacturers’ instructions. House fires caused by heating increase during the colder months.