Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Severe Weather Warning
for damaging winds
for people in the North East, Central, West and South Gippsland and East Gippsland forecast districts
Issued at 4:26 pm EST on Tuesday 3 May 2016.
A strong cold front over southeastern Victoria will move away to the east tonight.
Northwest to westerly winds around 60 km/h with DAMAGING peak gusts of 90 - 110 km/h are forecast for the Central, West and South Gippsland and East Gippsland forecast districts and parts of the North East forecast district during today, mainly over the coast and elevated areas. Wind gradually easing from the west during the evening.
The Severe Weather Warning for the South West forecast district has been cancelled, but the situation will continue to be monitored and further warnings will be issued if necessary.
The strongest wind gusts recorded in Victoria today up until 4:30pm this afternoon were;
Wilsons Promontory - 122 km/h
Mt Hotham - 121 km/h
Mt Buller and Mt Gellibrand - 113 km/h
Mt William - 111 km/h
Aireys Inlet - 109 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 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.