VIC Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Damaging Winds


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Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Central, Wimmera and parts of Mallee, South West, Northern Country and North Central Forecast Districts.

Issued at 3:58 pm Friday, 31 January 2020.

Severe thunderstorms over western and central Victoria.

Weather Situation: Very hot and humid north to northwesterly winds are extending across western Victoria

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Horsham, Maryborough, Ballarat, Geelong, Melbourne and Bacchus Marsh.

Severe wind gusts of 119km/h was recorded at Mt Gellibrand at 2:45pm, 94km/h was recorded at Melbourne Airport at 3:45pm, 93km/h was recorded at Ballarat and Westmere at 2:05pm and 90 km/h was recorded at Stawell at 1:15pm.

A near severe wind gust of 89 km/h was recorded at Longerenong at 12:40pm.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Be aware that trees that have been damaged by heat or fire may be unstable and more likely to fall when it is windy or wet.
* Check that loose items such as outdoor settings, umbrellas and trampolines are safely secured and 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.
* 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.
* Stay away from fallen powerlines always assume they are live.
* Stay informed monitor weather warnings, forecasts and river levels at the Bureau of Meteorology website, and warnings through VicEmergency.


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