VIC Severe Weather Warning: Damaging Winds


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Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 10:49 am Friday, 10 April 2020.

Strong winds in southern Victoria on Saturday

Weather Situation: A cold front will reach southwest Victoria late tonight and move rapidly east early Saturday, with a strengthening west to southwesterly airstream to follow

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 50 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of around 90 km/h are possible over Alpine areas (above 1200m) early Saturday as the cold front approaches.

DAMAGING southwesterly WINDS, averaging 50 to 70 km/h with peak gusts around 90 km/h are expected to develop over western and central coasts early Saturday morning before extending to the remainder of the warning area by the late morning.

DAMAGING WINDS are likely to peak in intensity along the coasts early Saturday afternoon with peak gusts to 100km/h possible near the Central and Gippsland coasts and local squalls to 110 km/h possible with showers or thunderstorms near the coast.

A rapid easing trend is expected from mid afternoon Saturday in the west and during the evening through remaining areas.

Locations which may be affected include Warrnambool, Ballarat, Geelong, Melbourne, Traralgon and Bairnsdale.

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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