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Severe Weather Warning for VIC

27 March 2017 11:00 EDT

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Victoria Regional Office


TOP PRIORITY FOR IMMEDIATE BROADCAST

SEVERE WEATHER WARNING
for DAMAGING WINDS
For people in the Central, South West, North Central, West and South Gippsland
and parts of the East Gippsland, North East and Wimmera Forecast Districts.

Issued at 11:00 am Monday, 27 March 2017.

WEATHER SITUATION:
Strong northerly winds ahead of a cold front crossing Victoria today.

DAMAGING WINDS, northerly averaging 50 to 60 km/h with peak gusts of around 90
km/h are expected today ahead of a squally west to southwesterly change reaching
central districts in the early afternoon and Gippsland later in the afternoon.

Wind gusts of 100km/h are possible in elevated and coastal areas, particularly
near and immediately following the change.

Wind gusts of 100km/h are also possible with thunderstorms, mainly in central
and eastern parts during the afternoon.

Winds are expected to rapidly ease an hour or two after change.

Locations which may be affected include Warrnambool, Maryborough, Ballarat,
Geelong, Melbourne, Traralgon and Bairnsdale.



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;


The next Severe Weather Warning will be issued by 5:00 pm AEDT Monday.

Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's
website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 217. The Bureau and State Emergency
Service would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.