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Severe Weather Warning for damaging winds

The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) this morning issued a Severe Weather Warning for Damaging Winds for people in Central, South West, North Central and parts of East Gippsland, North East, West and South Gippsland and Wimmera Forecast Districts.

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Weather Situation: A cold front will approach southwest Victoria on Monday night, then will rapidly cross the State on Tuesday. Northerly winds are expected to strengthern overnight Monday and on Tuesday ahead of the front.

DAMAGING NORTHERLY WINDS averaging 50 to 60km/h with peak gusts of 90 to 100 km/h are forecast to develop over the Southwest district and parts of the Wimmera district overnight Monday and early Tuesday morning.

DAMAGING WINDS are forecast to extend over the Central and West Gippsland districts during Tuesday as well as elevated parts of the Northeast and East Gippsland districts. DAMAGING WINDS averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of 120km/h are likely over Alpine areas (above 1000 metres elevation).

DAMAGING WINDS are expected to ease over western parts of the warning area during Tuesday afternoon and evening, apart from the southwest coast where damaging winds will remain a risk into Tuesday night – mainly associated with showers and thunderstorms.

Locations which may be affected include Warrnambool, Seymour, Maryborough, Ballarat, Geelong and Melbourne and all Alpine Resorts

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 BoM also issued a Sheep Graziers Warning at 11.14 am for the Mallee, Wimmera, Northern Country, North Central, North East, South West, Central, West and South Gippsland and East Gippsland forecast districts

Sheep graziers are warned that cold temperatures, showers and strong northerly winds are expected during Tuesday. All districts are likely to be affected. There is a risk of losses of lambs and sheep exposed to these conditions.

The next Severe Weather and Sheep Graziers Warnings will be issued by 5:00 pm AEST Monday, July 16.


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