Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Severe Weather Warning
for damaging winds
for people in the North Central, North East, South West, Central, West and South Gippsland and East Gippsland forecast districts
Issued at 4:02 pm EST on Tuesday 29 July 2014.
A cold front embedded in a vigorous northwest to westerly airstream is passing just to the south of Victoria and will move away to the east of Tasmania tonight.
Damaging winds around 55 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of 90 to 100 km/h are forecast for the remainder of the afternoon and early evening about coastal areas and the higher ranges of the southern Victorian districts. Winds are expected to moderate later tonight.
The highest wind gusts today have been 111km/h at Mount William, 102 km/h at Airey's Inlet and 98 km/h at Mt 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.
For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.
The next warning will be issued by 11:00 pm EST Tuesday.
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.