Damaging winds forecast to reach Gippsland overnight
Baw Baw News By William PJ Kulich // 13:44, Tuesday 17 March 2015
THE AUSTRALIAN Bureau of Meteorology has warned people in eastern Victoria to expect damaging winds by early tomorrow morning.
The below is from the bureau. For up-to-date information visit bom.gov.au/vic/warnings.
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 10:05 am EDT on Tuesday 17 March 2015.
A low pressure trough is about to enter western Victoria and will progress through western areas this afternoon then central areas this evening to reach the east early on Wednesday morning.
DAMAGING WINDS averaging 50 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of 100 km/h are forecast for the North Central, North East, South West, Central, West and South Gippsland and East Gippsland forecast districts. The band of strongest winds will progress from the South West district this morning to Central areas this afternoon and eastern areas tonight. The strongest winds will mostly be felt at elevated sites above 500 metres elevation, however gusts could also exceed 90 km/h with thunderstorms.
A gust of 100 km/h occurred at Mt William just after 9:30am.
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 pm EDT Tuesday.
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