DANGEROUSLY high winds are set to hit parts of Victoria and may inflict even worse damage than storms caused earlier this week, the SES says.
The wild winds are expected to start lashing parts of Victoria’s west early this morning, with a deep low pressure system strengthening north-westerly winds across the state during the day and into tomorrow.
The greater Melbourne area could experience wind gusts of 100-110km/h this evening, the State Emergency Service says.
The strongest winds are forecast to develop in elevated areas above 1000m in the state’s north-east late today and early tomorrow, with wind gusts of up to 120km/h. The SES warns if the winds reach the forecast peaks, the resulting damage could be worse than on Monday when more than 800 trees fell onto roads, buildings and cars, and roofs were blown off some buildings.
The winds knocked out power to about 15,000 homes in Melbourne’s east after a fast-moving storm crossed the city west to east on Monday afternoon.
State Emergency Service advice
- Move vehicles under cover or away from trees
- Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard or balcony
- Keep clear of fallen power lines
- Don't drive, walk or ride through flood water
- Keep clear of creeks and storm drains
- For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your SES Unit on 132 500