VIC Severe Weather Warning: Damaging Winds


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Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 10:01 am Friday, 1 May 2020.

Squally northwest to southwesterly winds during Friday and Saturday.

A complex multi-centred low pressure system will deepen near Tasmania during Friday, directing a vigorous westerly airflow across Victoria. The low will move away to the southeast later on Saturday.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h, are expected about the southwest coastal fringe and the Alpine peaks, extending further inland to the Wimmera and West South Gippsland late Friday morning and into the early afternoon, and eastern Melbourne suburbs overnight.

Winds gusts along the South Gippsland coast are likely to peak around 120 km/h between midnight Friday and 9am Saturday.

DAMAGING WINDS are likely to contract to the southeast of the State later on Saturday morning.

Locations which may be affected include Horsham, Stawell, Hamilton, Portland, Warrnambool, Frankston, Wonthaggi, Mt Baw Baw, Mt Buller, Mt Hotham and Falls Creek.

The highest wind gusts recorded today are:

- 94 km/h at Cape Otway at 8:46am

- 93 km/h at Wilsons Promontory at 9:10am

- 89 km/h at Falls Creek at 12:09am

- 87 km/h at Warrnambool at 5:34am

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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