VIC Severe Weather Warning: Damaging Winds


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Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 5:01 pm Saturday, 13 June 2020.

Damaging wind gusts about southern parts over the weekend

Weather Situation: A vigorous north to northwesterly air stream is occurring ahead of a cold front, which will cross Victoria overnight. A second front will maintain a gusty northwesterly air stream during Sunday.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 50 to 60 km/h with peak gusts of around 90 km/h, are possible about elevated areas of western and central Victoria, extending to eastern parts this evening.

Winds will temporarily ease behind the cold front, before increasing again during Sunday as a second front approaches.

DAMAGING WINDS, with peak gusts of around 90 km/h, are possible about elevated areas and the southwest and south Gippsland coastal fringes on SUNDAY afternoon and evening. Peak gusts may reach around 100 km/h about the Alpine peaks.

Winds will ease below damaging thresholds during Monday morning.

Locations which may be affected include the Grampians, the Otways, Mt Baw Baw, Falls Creek, Mt Hotham and Mt Buller.

Mount William recorded a wind gust of 91 km/h at 1:36 am

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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