Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology


Severe Weather Warning


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

Issued at 4:16 am Wednesday, 17 July 2019.

Squally winds developing Wednesday afternoon/evening.

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A cold front will move rapidly across Bass Strait Wednesday afternoon and evening.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of 90 to 100 km/h are possible around coastal parts of Victoria Wednesday afternoon and evening most likely associated with the passage of the cold front. Winds of similar magnitudes are also likely to develop over Alpine areas (above 1200 metres) of eastern Victoria during Wednesday afternoon.

Winds are expected to ease from the west late afternoon and will ease throughout the threat area by midnight.

Locations which may be affected include Warrnambool, Portland, Wonthaggi, Morwell, Traralgon and Sale.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Move vehicles under cover or away from trees;
* Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony;
* Keep clear of fallen power lines;

The next Severe Weather Warning will be issued by 11:00 am AEST Wednesday.

Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at or call 1300 659 210. The Bureau and State Emergency Service would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.