Although most frequent between October and May, storms can occur no matter what time of year it is.
Storms are the most common emergencies affecting Victorians, and cost the State more than $28 million each year.
Severe storms are often accompanied by torrential rain, strong winds, large hailstones and lightening. They can cause significant damage and often result in flash flooding, damage to buildings, fallen trees, and damaged powerlines.
For current warnings please visit the Bureau of Meteorology website at www.bom.gov.au