VIC Severe Weather Warning: Damaging Winds


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Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Central, East Gippsland, South West, North Central, North East and West and South Gippsland Forecast Districts.

Issued at 4:21 pm Monday, 12 April 2021.


Weather Situation: A complex low pressure system in the Bight will move south on Tuesday, generating strong northerly winds across the State as an associated cold front approaches.

DAMAGING NORTH to NORTHWESTERLY WINDS are likely to develop about higher terrain (above 400m) in western and central parts of the State on Tuesday afternoon, and extend into elevated parts of the east by Tuesday evening.

Winds expected to average 40 to 60 km/h with peak gusts of around 90 km/h. Gusts of up to 100km/h are possible about higher peaks of the northeast.

Winds are expected to ease below warning threshold in western and central parts of the warning area before dawn on Wednesday morning, and then ease in eastern parts before midday on Wednesday.

Locations which may be affected include Ararat, Kyneton, Ballarat, Daylesford, Bacchus Marsh and Falls Creek.

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.


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