VIC Severe Weather Warning: Damaging Winds


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Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 4:26 pm Monday, 24 May 2021.


Weather Situation: Strong northerly winds will develop ahead of a strong cold front, which is expected to cross the State during Tuesday. A follow up trough will reach the southwest coast early Wednesday.

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 parts of the warning area at all elevations during TUESDAY morning except the southwest coast and eastern ranges (see below).

Damaging winds are likely to extend to the eastern ranges during Tuesday afternoon and may reach up to 110 km/h above 1200 metres elevation.

Winds are likely to ease below warning threshold through Central areas during late Tuesday afternoon as strong WEST to NORTHWESTERLY winds averaging 30 to 50 km/h develop over the southwest coast Tuesday night, with peak gusts around 90 km/h, mostly associated with showers or thunderstorms.

Locations which may be affected include Warrnambool, Portland, Ballarat, Geelong, Melbourne 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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