Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Severe Weather Warning
for damaging winds
for people in the North East, South West, Central, West and South Gippsland and East Gippsland forecast districts
Issued at 3:41 pm EST on Monday 2 May 2016.
A strong cold front will move through the State tomorrow. Northwesterly winds will increase ahead of the change before turning westerly behind the front and easing later.
DAMAGING WINDS around 50 km/h with peak gusts of 90 - 100 km/h are forecast for the South West, Central, West and South Gippsland and East Gippsland forecast districts and parts of the North East forecast district during Tuesday, mainly over the coast and elevated areas. Gusts may reach 110km/h over the Alpine area. The damaging winds will develop in the South West during the early morning before extending eastwards during the remainder of the morning. Wind gradually easing from the west during the afternoon.
The State Emergency Service advises that rainfall run-off into waterways in recent fire affected areas may contain debris such as soil, ash, trees and rocks. People in fire affected areas should also be alert to the potential for landslides and debris across roads.
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 Monday.
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.