Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Severe Weather Warning
for destructive winds and damaging winds
for people in the Mallee, Wimmera, Northern Country, North Central, North East, South West, Central, West and South Gippsland and East Gippsland forecast districts
Issued at 9:47 pm EST on Thursday 31 July 2014.
A strong cold front over eastern Victoria will clear the State overnight, whilst a deep low pressure system passes south of Tasmania. Strong to gale force north to northwesterly winds and a band of rain will contract through the far east tonight. Colder westerly winds which will ease overnight but will shift squally southwesterly during Friday as another front moves across the State. Hail and snow down to 500 metres is likely to develop overnight and during Friday.
Winds averaging around 80 km/h with destructive peak gusts of 140 km/h are forecast for parts of the North East, West and South Gippsland and East Gippsland forecast districts above 1000 metres tonight. In lower lying areas gusts to 110 km/h are forecast but moderation is expected overnight. Winds gusts to around 90 km/h associated with heavy showers or thunderstorms are possible Friday afternoon.
Winds gusts to around 90 km/h associated with heavy showers or thunderstorms are expected to redevelop Friday, mainly late morning and during the afternoon.
Strongest wind gusts around the State were: 139km/h at Mt Hotham, 122km/h at Kilmore Gap, 117km/h at Mt William, 113 km/h at Wilsons Promontory, 115km/h at Yarram, 111km/h at Gelantipy and Cape Nelson, 109 km/h at Cape Otway, 107km/h at East Sale and 106km/hat Aireys Inlet.
Close to Melbourne (until 4pm), strongest wind gusts were 105km/h at Point Wilson, 104km/h at South Channel Island (near Rosebud), 98km/h at Fawkner Beacon, 96km/h at Tullamarine and 94km/h at St Kilda.
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 5:00 am EST Friday.
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.