A car drives through rain and floodwaters covering a road on the outskirts of Warracknabeal, in eastern Victoria. (User submitted: Chris Delley)
MELBOURNE is bracing for severe weather for the rest of today with flash flooding warnings, damaging winds and gale warnings for Port Phillip Bay.
The rain started falling around 11am (AEDT) accompanied by winds of up to 60km/h.
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for the city and Greater Melbourne with widespread heavy rain expected.
The State Emergency Service (SES) has responded to 410 calls for help in central and western Victoria as the bad weather swept through and is expecting more calls now that it has arrived in Melbourne.
An SES spokeswoman says there are 5,500 SES volunteers on standby along with other emergency workers.
"We are asking people to stay away from parks and forests because of the danger of falling trees with wind gusts reaching up to 100 kilometres per hour,'' she said.
A Geurie (Pronounced "Geary") farmer herds
cattle through floodwaters to higher ground on a
property on the western plains of
New South Wales.
(Audience submitted: Angela Schuster to ABC News)
A speed sign is submerged by floodwaters in Wagga Wagga
(Pronounced "Wogger Wogger") on December 7, 2010.
(AAP: Crystal Ja)
Flash flooding as storms sweep over South Australia
(ABC News photograph)