Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Severe Weather Warning - Wednesday, 1 January 2014 at 3:44 pm

Severe Weather Warning for damaging winds for people in the South West, Central, West and South Gippsland and East Gippsland forecast districts Issued at 3:44 pm EDT on Wednesday 1 January 2014.

The areas in RED are covered by this warning. If you are not sure which district you are in, please click on this link which will tell you which district your municipality (Council/Shire) is in http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/warnings-restrictions/find-your-fire-district/.

Weather Situation 

A low pressure trough will move from South Australia to link with a cold front then cross Victoria this afternoon and evening and an associated deep low pressure system will pass south of Tasmania.

Damaging winds around 60 km/h with peak gusts of 90 km/h are forecast for parts of the South West, Central, West and South Gippsland and East Gippsland forecast districts. Areas above 800 metres are most likely to be affected. Wind gusts of up to 120 km/h are possible in the Alpine areas of Gippsland. Winds should be easing from the west this evening.

The Severe Weather Warning for parts of the Mallee forecast district has been cancelled, but the situation will continue to be monitored and further warnings will be issued if necessary.

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 EDT Wednesday. RED: SEVERE WEATHER WARNING ORANGE: FIRE WEATHER WARNING- TFB

Remember, Please take care on the roads and never shelter under trees in a storm. If you see debris on the road or require emergency assistance in floods and storms, please contact the Victorian SES on 132 500. For life threatening situations, please call triple zero (000).

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