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Damaging winds to sweep across Victoria

Published 04/09/2012

Victorians are being warned to prepare now ahead of destructive winds overnight and into tomorrow as two weather systems move across the State in quick succession.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a Severe Weather Warning for destructive and damaging winds for people in the Mallee, Wimmera, Northern Country, North Central, North East, South West, Central, and West, South and East Gippsland forecast districts.

Wind gusts of up to 140km/h are forecast over Alpine parts of the North East, West and South Gippsland and East Gippsland early Wednesday morning. Gusts of 100 to 120 km/h are expected in other parts of these districts.

Winds of 60 to 80 km/h – with peak gusts of up to 120km/h – are forecast to develop over the southwest and Wimmera districts this evening and extend to remaining districts overnight and early Wednesday morning.

Winds are expected to ease Wednesday afternoon before returning to similar strengths on Wednesday night.

SES Director of Emergency Management Planning and Communication Andrew Gissing encouraged Victorians to take some simple precautions and monitor the situation closely.

“The best defence against damage from dangerous winds is preparation,” he said.

“We’re telling people to secure loose outdoor objects around their homes before the winds arrive. This means they can’t be picked up and tossed around into buildings, cars and even people.”

“When winds hit these speeds we see a large number of trees blown down, especially in areas of recent rainfall where the ground may be wet.”

“So take care on the roads, and don’t park under a tree for the next couple of days- you might not like what you find in the morning.”

With the warm conditions in many parts of the state people may plan to take the opportunity to burn off rubbish or vegetation before summer.

However, with the high winds expected over the next couple of days we advise people not to light any burns this week to avoid potential problems.

For assistance from the SES call 132 500.

In a life-threatening emergency call triple zero (000).

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