VIC Severe Weather Warning: Damaging Winds

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Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 10:03 am Tuesday, 20 April 2021.

Strong winds over Alpine areas ahead of todays front

Weather Situation: Strong northwesterly winds ahead of a cold front crossing Victoria today

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 50 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of around 90 to 100 km/h are possible over Alpine areas (above 1200 metres elevation) till later this afternoon.

Winds are expected to ease below warning threshold from the west as the cold front approaches, then shift southwesterly with the front.

Locations which may be affected include Mt Buller, Falls Creek and Mt Hotham.

Mount Buller recorded a wind gust of 85 km/h at 9:04am this morning

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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