VIC Severe Weather Warning: Damaging Winds

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Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 8:29 am Monday, 24 May 2021.

STRENGTHENING WINDS OVERNIGHT

Weather Situation: Strong northerly winds will develop ahead of a strong cold front, which is expected to cross the State during Tuesday.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of around 90 to 100 km/h are expected to develop about the central highlands (above 400m) from LATE TONIGHT, extending to remaining areas of the warning area during the morning.

Damaging winds are expected to extend to the eastern ranges during Tuesday afternoon and to the southwest coast Tuesday night although ease elsewhere.

Locations which may be affected include Ballarat, Daylesford, Geelong, Melbourne, Frankston 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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