There are traffic issues along and near the Great Ocean Road at Cumberland River between Apollo Bay and Lorne due to water over the road.
There's also a severe weather warning for heavy rainfall in the Otways.
VicRoads says there's a road closed between Yaugher Road and Colac-Forrest Road, with a detour via Seven Bridges or Colac-Forrest roads.
Heavy vehicles are to use the Princes Highway to Colac and then Colac-Forrest Road. Access to the Forrest Mountain Bike Trailhead is available from the north via Colac-Forrest Road and Seven Bridges Road.
The road is also closed due to flooding between Colac-Forrest Road and Amos Road. Access to the Forrest Mountain Bike Trailhead is available from the east end of Boundary Road.
There is a landslide that has closed the northbound lane on Skenes Creek Road just north of Morris Access Track.
The site is under traffic signals. The lane will be closed until repairs can be undertaken. Please drive to the conditions and allow extra time.
The weather bureau says a stationary low pressure system over Victoria is driving a saturated, south-easterly airstream over coastal parts of the state.
Heavy rainfall may lead to flash flooding during Thursday morning.
Rainfall rates are likely to ease by late this morning, though shower activity will likely persist throughout Thursday and Friday.
A Flood Watch warning has been issued for the Otway Coast.
Strong winds have eased below warning thresholds, however will remain fresh and gusty this morning.
Locations that may be affected include Apollo Bay and Lorne.
The following rainfall totals have accumulated between 9pm Wednesday and 4am Thursday:
98.6mm at Mount Cowley, 91.4mm at Benwerrin and 71.2mm at Mount Sabine.
Cape Otway recorded a maximum gust of 76km/h at 4:13am
The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
- If driving conditions are dangerous, safely pull over away from trees, drains, low-lying areas and floodwater. Avoid travel if possible.
- Stay safe by avoiding dangerous hazards, such as floodwater, mud, debris, damaged roads and fallen trees.
- Be aware - heat, fire or recent storms may make trees unstable and more likely to fall when it's windy or wet.
- Check that loose items, such as outdoor settings, umbrellas and trampolines are safely secured. Move vehicles under cover or away from trees.
- Stay indoors and away from windows.
- If outdoors, move to a safe place indoors. Stay away from trees, drains, gutters, creeks and waterways.
- Stay away from fallen powerlines - always assume they are live.
- Be aware that in fire affected areas, rainfall run-off into waterways may contain debris such as ash, soil, trees and rocks. Heavy rainfall may also increase the potential for landslides and debris across roads.
- Stay informed: Monitor weather warnings, forecasts and river levels at the Bureau of Meteorology website, and warnings through VicEmergency website/app/hotline.
Today across the south-west will be cloudy with a very high (90 per cent) chance of showers.
There's the chance of a thunderstorm during this afternoon and evening. Winds south to southeasterly 20 to 30 km/h. Daytime maximum temperatures will be around 17 degrees.
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