VIC Severe Weather Warning: Damaging Winds

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Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 3:54 pm Monday, 26 July 2021.

DAMAGING NORTHERLY WINDS DEVELOPING ABOUT THE RANGES DURING THE AFTERNOON THEN EXTENDING TO THE SOUTH WEST IN THE EVENING

Weather Situation: A northerly airstream over Victoria will strengthen during Tuesday afternoon and evening as a strong cold front approaches the State from the west.

DAMAGING NORTHERLY WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of 90 to 100 km/h are expected to develop about western and central ranges of Victoria during Tuesday afternoon, then extend to the eastern ranges and to South Western Victoria during the evening.

Damaging winds are expected to extend over the Mornington Peninsula and the outer eastern suburbs of Melbourne, including the Dandenong Ranges, from late afternoon.

Damaging winds will tend westerly and continue about western, southern and northeastern Victoria during Wednesday.

Locations which may be affected include Horsham, Warrnambool, Seymour, Maryborough, Ballarat and Bacchus Marsh.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* 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.
* Be aware - heat, fire or recent storms may make trees unstable and more likely to fall when it's windy or wet.
* Check that loose items, such as outdoor settings, umbrellas and trampolines are safely secured. 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.
* Stay away from fallen powerlines - always assume they are live.
* Be aware that in fire affected areas, rainfall run-off into waterways may contain debris such as ash, soil, trees and rocks. Heavy rainfall may also increase the potential for landslides and debris across roads.
* Stay informed: Monitor weather warnings, forecasts and river levels at the Bureau of Meteorology website, and warnings through VicEmergency website/app/hotline.




 

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