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Get ready for wild weather

Published 08/09/2014

With a severe weather warning current for most of Victoria, Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES) is asking all Victorians to prepare for potentially damaging and destructive winds.

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

Elevated areas and bayside areas are most likely to experience peak gusts as they build throughout the day and into the evening.
VICSES Deputy Chief Officer Operations Tim Wiebusch asked Victorians to prepare themselves.

“High winds can turn ordinary items from your backyard into airborne hazards. One of the biggest dangers during high winds are items such as trampolines and outdoor settings, including umbrellas, which have the potential to become airborne,” he said.

Mr Wiebusch said there were a few easy steps people could take to reduce the risk of damage to people or property during a storm, such as:

- Check that loose items such as outdoor settings, trampolines and umbrellas are secured

- Stay indoors and away from windows

- Do not park under trees

- Drive to the conditions – there may be debris across the road such as fallen powerlines, trees and tree branches

People should stay informed about their situation by listening to their local emergency broadcaster or viewing warnings on the VICSES or VicEmergency website,” Mr Wiebusch said.

“Victorians are reminded to call 132 500 in a flood storm emergency and Triple Zero (000) in a life-threatening emergency.”

Further information

To view current warnings, visit our Warnings map.

For more information on preparing for storms, visit our StormSafe page.

Resources for the media, including audio grabs, are also available.