Storm warning systems
The Victoria State Emergency Service and the Bureau of Meteorology work together to warn the community about storms. Severe thunderstorm and severe weather warnings for Victoria can be found on the Bureau of Meteorology website.
Severe Thunderstorm Warnings
While we experience many thunderstorms each year, some more intense thunderstorms are classified as severe thunderstorms, due to their potential to cause significant localised damage. Severe thunderstorms can cause damage through damaging wind gusts, large hail, tornadoes or flash flooding. Severe thunderstorm warnings are issued by the Bureau of Meteorology to alert communities of the threat of these more dangerous thunderstorms.
Severe Weather Warnings
These warnings are issued by the Bureau of Meteorology when severe weather is expected that is not directly related to severe thunderstorms, tropical cyclones or bushfires. Examples of severe weather include land gales, squalls, flash-flooding, dangerous surf or tides. Severe weather warnings are issued by the Bureau of Meteorology to alert communities to the threat of this severe weather.