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 10:54 am Thursday, 23 January 2020.

Strong and gusty winds in eastern elevated areas. Further gusty winds developing in parts of the south today.

Weather Situation: Another cold front to enter western Victoria Thursday morning.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 50 to 70 km/h over eastern elevated areas during today with peak gusts to 110 km/h although winds gusting to 120 km/h over Alpine areas (above 1500 metres).

Further DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 50 to 70 km/h with peak gusts to 90 km/h are possible over the South West from later Thursday morning, extending to the Central and West & South Gippsland coasts during the afternoon.

DAMAGING WINDS are expected to ease over the South West during the late afternoon and across the Central and West & South Gippsland coasts during the early evening.

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

Strongest wind gusts recorded so far today include,

- 137km/h at Mount Hotham at 5.05am

- 109km/h at Falls Creek at 4.56am

- 107km/h at Mount Buller at 1.28am

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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