VIC Severe Weather Warning: Damaging Winds


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Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 2:49 pm Tuesday, 25 May 2021.

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Weather Situation: Strong northerly winds ahead of a cold front, which is moving through central Victoria this afternoon and will cross to the east by early Wednesday. A follow up trough will approach the southwest coast late today, then move eastwards across southern Victoria during Wednesday morning with associated squally west to northwesterly winds.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of around 90 to 100 km/h are expected to continue over the eastern ranges, with peak gusts around 110km/h possible above 1200 metres elevation.

Winds have now eased below warning threshold across the central areas but are expected to re-strengthen from the west tonight.

STRONG and SQUALLY WEST to NORTHWESTERLY winds averaging 30 to 50 km/h are likely to develop over the southwest district including the Grampians tonight, with peak gusts around 90 km/h, mostly associated with showers or thunderstorms, extending along the central coasts as indicated in the warning area late tonight and early Wednesday.

Winds are expected to ease below warning threshold throughout during Wednesday morning.

Locations which may be affected include Hamilton, Warrnambool, Portland, Geelong, Wonthaggi, Falls Creek and the Grampians.

Strongest wind gusts recorded today include:

118km/h at Mount William at 6:47 am

102km/h at Mount Hotham at 12:25pm and at Mount Buller at 12:08pm

96km/h at Ben Nevis at 9:32 am

91km/h at Falls Creek at 2:03pm

89km/h at Kilmore at 12:19pm

87km/h at Melbourne Airport at 3:07 am

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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