Winds and rain to hit Victoria this weekend
The Bureau of Meteorology is warning Victorians to brace for strong winds this weekend.
Extreme Weather Meteorologist Claire Yeo said very strong northerly winds are expected to move through the state on Sunday.
“The winds will be developing across Melbourne and central areas during the morning, with damaging gusts of up to 100 kilometres an hour as well as potential for stronger localised gusts," she said.
"A Severe Weather Warning for damaging winds will be issued – we are urging people to keep up to date with the Bureau's warnings at bom.gov.au/vic/warnings/"
Ms Yeo said rain will follow the strong winds, with falls generally less than 10mm.
“Northeast and southwest Victoria could receive 10 to 20 mm, with localised falls up to 30 mm in some areas,” she said.
Major flood warnings remain in place for the Avoca, Ovens and King Rivers.
VICSES State Response Controller Trevor White has reminded Victorians to be careful, monitor local conditions and look out for each other, especially at the community events taking place over the weekend.
“With recent significant rainfall, the state is saturated and we are likely to continue to experience flooding in the coming weeks,’’ he said.
“This flooding is going to be around for a while as the water continues to travel through our river systems,’’ he said.
Mr White said extensive rainfall had caused damage to Victoria’s road networks, and Vic Roads maintenance crews are working hard to repair damaged roads across the state.
“It is extremely important that people take care when travelling on the roads, and keep up to date with the latest road closures by visiting the VicRoads website,” he said.
“Remember to never drive, walk, swim or play in floodwater.”
Travellers are advised that while sections of the Great Ocean Road are closed, the coastal towns remain open for business this weekend and are accessible via alternative routes.
Emergency relief assistance is available to support people who are suffering personal hardship, as well as funding for local councils to help with the cost of cleaning up and restoring damaged essential public assets.
Anyone who has been affected by the floods should call their local council or the Victorian Emergency Recovery Information Line (1300 799 232).
For general information, the Flood and Storm Information Line (1300 842 737 or 1300 VICSES) is activated until further notice.
For more information or for the latest warnings and advice, visit emergency.vic.gov.au.