Brace yourselves, Ballarat, the weather could take a turn for the worst on Wednesday.
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for almost all of Victoria, as extreme winds and heavy rainfall bare down.
Between 10mm and 20mm of rain is forecast in Ballarat, however isolated thunderstorms could produce even greater rain.
Damaging winds, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of around 100 km/h are possible mainly in elevated areas in the west of the state from early Wednesday morning.
Wind gusts increasing 100-110 km/h, again mainly in elevated areas in central Victoria and up to 120 km/h about the northeast Alps during Wednesday morning.
The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
- Move vehicles under cover or away from trees;
- Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony;
- Keep clear of fallen power lines;
- Don't walk, ride or drive through flood water;
- Keep clear of creeks and storm drains;
- Be aware that in fire affected areas, rainfall run-off into waterways may contain debris such as ash, soil, trees and rocks;
- Be alert that in areas recently affected by fires, heavy rainfall increases the potential for landslides and debris across roads;