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Victoria weather: As thunderstorms are due to hit the state, here's what you need to know

By Andie Noonan, Friday December 1, 2017 - 10:39 EDT
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Victoria is set to be hit by extreme weather over the next three days with warnings in place across the state for heavy rainfall which could lead to flash flooding.

Here is what is to expect in Victoria.

When are the rains here?

The Wimmera and Mallee districts in Victoria's west and north-west are first in line to be hit with the storms this morning as they move eastwards.

The deluge is then due to land on Melbourne. Several waves of rain will pass through the city during the day, before heavy falls arrive in the evening.

Very heavy rainfalls are expected in Ballarat, Geelong and Bendigo around the same time.

The storms are forecast to bring damaging winds, heavy rainfall and possible hailstones.

Torrential rain is expected to continue well into the early hours of Saturday as the front moves across the state.

A across the state.

The storms are predicted to ease on Saturday but rain is due to remain in some parts of the state on Sunday.

What is forecast?

The Bureau of Meteorology has warned an "unprecedented" amount of rain is expected to fall in Victoria over a three-day period.

The rainfall amount could be the equivalent to up to three times the December monthly average.

Victoria's central, north and north-eastern areas are expected to be worst hit.

Asked to rate the storms out of 10, senior forecaster Scott Williams said: "I'll take the punt and say it's a 10."

Mr Williams said many Melburnians would never have seen the amount of rain predicted.

He said the most recent rain in a short period of time in Melbourne was 100-200 millimetres (in 2005 and 2011) and on both occasions: "it paralysed transport routes in the city."

This storm could dump up to 150 millimetres of rain.

Falls of 100-200 millimetres are expected across the state and the north-east Alps region could get as much as 300 millimetres.

Rain rates in some areas could be up to 50 millimetres an hour, causing flash flooding.

What should I do to prepare?

Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley says everyone should be prepared and think about where they will be when the rains hit.

This includes people in Melbourne as they finish work and start their weekends.

Be aware of drainage around houses and make sure areas are clear of things like tree leaves and branches.

Roads may be cut or public transport may be delayed by flooding so people have been warned to consider their travel.

Those in flood-prone areas with mobility issues have been urged to take shelter with friends or family.

Farmers have been told to remove pumps from near waterways.

Those looking for sandbags can head to the .

What should I avoid?

Number one: don't walk, drive or ride through flood waters.

Keep clear of creeks and storm drains and be aware of debris in areas were there have been recent fires.

The SES says if you're thinking about camping this weekend, especially near a river or waterway, think again.

People have also been warned to avoid parking their cars in underground carparks, especially those prone to flooding.

Where can I get information?

The every six hours.

It also has a so you can keep an eye on rivers and catchments in your local area.

The website also provides warnings and information.

can be found on the SES website, so you can see at-risk areas in your council area.

Check transport links, , and for any disruptions.

You can also stay up-to-date with .


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