VIC Severe Weather Warning: Damaging Winds

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Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of South West and Wimmera Forecast Districts.

Issued at 9:35 am Monday, 10 May 2021.

Weather Situation: A low pressure system is developing over Western Victoria this afternoon associated with a cold front gradually crossing the state

DAMAGING SOUTHERLY WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of around 90 km/h are possible over parts of southwest Victoria this afternoon, particularly about coastal and elevated locations. Winds will possibly become damaging during the early afternoon, and are expected to gradually ease during the evening.

Locations which may be affected include Edenhope, Hamilton, Warrnambool, Portland, Nelson and Casterton.

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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