Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Severe Weather Warning
for damaging winds and blizzard conditions
for people in the Mallee, Wimmera, North Central, South West, Central, West and South Gippsland and East Gippsland forecast districts
Issued at 4:04 am EST on Friday 1 August 2014.
Another cold front will enter southwestern Victoria this morning and then move across the State during the day, maintaining a very cold and squally southwest to southerly airflow across the State. Showers with local hail and thunder will spread across the State with the change and wind squalls to 90 km/h associated with heavy showers or thunderstorms are likely. Winds will moderate from the west later this afternoon and evening.
Damaging wind squalls with peak gusts of 90 km/h are forecast to redevelop over western and southern areas of the State during the day, mainly associated with showers and thunderstorms.
Blizzard conditions are forecast for Alpine areas.
The Severe Weather Warning for parts of the Northern Country and North East forecast districts has been cancelled, but the situation will continue to be monitored and further warnings will be issued if necessary.
Rain and strong to gale force northwesterly winds have contracted east of the State overnight. Showers and local thunderstorms have developed over the southwest overnight, with wind squalls to around 80 km/h. Highest wind gusts recorded as of 4:00 am Friday include, Mt Gellibrand and Aireys Inlet at both 85 km/h.
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 11:00 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.