VIC Severe Weather Warning: Damaging Winds & Heavy Rain

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Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 11:16 pm Monday, 3 May 2021.

Damaging Winds and heavy rainfall likely over central Victoria.

Weather Situation: An upper trough will move over Victoria during the early hours of Tuesday.

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.

HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to FLASH FLOODING is possible about parts of the southwest, central and north central districts.

Currently heavy rainfall is occurring about the surf coast, this area is expected to move inland towards western parts of the central forecast district and outer western and northwestern suburbs of Melbourne.

the heaviest rainfall will ease during the morning, with the risk of flash flooding easing by dawn.

Aireys Inlet has received 69mm of rain since 9am (50mm of which occurred over a one hour period).

Locations which may be affected include Kyneton, Daylesford, Ballarat, Geelong and Bacchus Marsh.

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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