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 10:43 pm Monday, 12 April 2021.

DAMAGING WINDS DURING TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY

Weather Situation: A deep low pressure system in the Bight will move southeast on Tuesday, generating strong northerly winds across the State as an associated cold front approaches. The front will cross Victoria on Wednesday morning with gusty westerly winds to follow in the south.

DAMAGING NORTH to NORTHWESTERLY WINDS are expected to develop about terrain above 300 metres in western and central parts of the warning area during Tuesday afternoon, extending into eastern parts of the warning area during Tuesday evening.

Winds are expected to average 50 to 60 km/h with peak gusts of around 90 km/h. Peak gusts of 100 to 110 km/h are possible about eastern parts of the warning area early Wednesday morning.

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

Locations which may be affected include the Grampians, the Otway Ranges, Ballarat, Daylesford, Bacchus Marsh, the Yarra Ranges, Mt Baw Baw, Mt Buller, Mt Hotham 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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