Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Severe Weather Warning
for damaging winds
for people in the North East, West and South Gippsland and East Gippsland forecast districts
Issued at 9:43 pm EDT on Wednesday 25 November 2015.
A low pressure trough is weakening over central Victoria but a cold front just west of Victoria will rapidly sweep across the State on Thursday morning, leaving a cold and unstable southwesterly airstream in its wake.
DAMAGING WINDS around 60 km/h with peak gusts of 110 km/h are forecast for Alpine parts of the North East, West and South Gippsland and East Gippsland forecast districts above 800 metres elevation for the remainder of the night. Exposed parts of the South Gippsland coast may also experience gusts around 95 km/h on Thursday morning.
The Severe Weather Warning for the Mallee, Wimmera, Northern Country, North Central, South West and Central forecast districts has been cancelled, but the situation will continue to be monitored and further warnings will be issued if necessary.
The highest wind gusts today are 102km/h at Mortlake and Mount Gellibrand followed by 85km/h at Warrnambool, Ballarat, Avalon and Mount Hotham.
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.
- Don't drive, ride or walk through flood water.
- Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
- Beware of fallen trees or debris on the road.
For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.
The next warning will be issued by 5:00 am EDT Thursday.
This warning is also available through TV and Radio broadcasts; the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300-659-217*.
The Bureau and State Emergency Service would appreciate this warning being broadcast regularly.