VIC Severe Weather Warning: Damaging Winds & Heavy Rain


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Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 5:04 pm Wednesday, 29 April 2020.
Heavy rain and damaging winds over the northeast.

A strong cold front will cross eastern Victoria this evening.
HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to FLASH FLOODING will continue across the warning area into this evening, gradually easing from the west at night.
Further rainfall totals of 30-60mm are likely across the warning area from until midnight.
A Flood Watch and Flood Warnings are current for parts of central and eastern Victoria.
DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 65 to 80 km/h with peak gusts of around 115 km/h, are expected across elevated areas (above 1200 metres) of northeastern Victoria before easing later tonight.

Locations which may be affected include Corryong, Bright, Mansfield, Falls Creek, Mt Hotham and Mt Buller.

Severe weather is no longer occurring in the North Central district and the warning for this district is CANCELLED.

Highest rainfall totals to 4:30pm today are:
- 142mm at Falls Creek
- 98.6mm at Hunters Hill
- 95.6mm at Mongans Bridge
Highest wind gusts so far today are:
- 128km/h at Mt Hotham at 3:59pm
- 106km/h at Falls Creek at 3:53pm

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.
* Be aware that in fire affected areas, rainfall run-off into waterways may contain debris such as ash, soil, trees and rocks.
* Be alert that in areas recently affected by fires, heavy rainfall increases the potential for landslides and debris across roads.
* 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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