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 11:40 am Sunday, 14 June 2020.

Damaging wind gusts about southern and elevated parts

Weather Situation: A cold front has cleared to the east of Victoria this morning. A second front approaching from the west will maintain a vigorous northwesterly air stream during Sunday and Monday.

DAMAGING WINDS, with peak gusts of around 90 km/h, are possible about elevated areas and the southwest and south Gippsland coastal fringes from early this afternoon.

Peak gusts may reach around 110 km/h about the Alpine peaks overnight.

Winds will ease below damaging thresholds from the west during Monday morning.

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

Mount Hotham recorded a wind gust of 115 km/h at 10:45 pm Saturday.

Falls Creek recorded a wind gust of 100 km/h at 2:07 am Sunday.

Mount Buller recorded a wind gust of 98 km/h at 10:43 pm Saturday.

These wind gusts were associated with the passage of the first cold front.

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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