VIC Severe Weather Warning: Damaging Winds


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Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Central and North Central Forecast Districts.

Issued at 5:01 pm Monday, 3 May 2021.

Damaging Winds likely over western parts of the Central Highlands on Tuesday Morning.

Weather Situation: An upper trough will move over Victoria during the early hours of Tuesday, with damaging winds expected to form over western parts of the Central Highlands early on Tuesday morning.

DAMAGING SOUTHERLY WINDS, averaging 40 to 60 km/h with peak gusts of around 80 to 90 km/h are likely over western parts of the Central Highlands from around 3 am on Tuesday morning. Winds will begin to ease later on Tuesday morning and be below warning threshold by the middle of the day.

Locations which may be affected include Maryborough, Castlemaine, Kyneton and Daylesford.

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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