A strong cold front which brought the gale force winds that hit Victoria’s south-west has calmed down now. However, damaging winds are still expected in parts of the state. The wind lashed in with the strength of 100km/h.
On Tuesday night, the Bureau of Meteorology withdrew the severe weather warning it issued earlier for people in the North East, Central, West, East and South Gippsland. However, the bureau will be constantly checking the situation as it may change any time today.
Wind exceeded 100 km/h in some parts of Victoria on Tuesday. In Wilson Promontory, strong wind was recorded at 122km/h while in Mt. Hotham, the wind was 121km/h. The wind reached 113 km/h in Mt Buller and Mt Gellibrand.
The Australian Bureau of Meteorology in Victoria has issued gale force warning at 5:10 am EST on Wednesday 4 May 2016 till midnight EST Thursday 5 May 2016, as reported by ABC.
The Bureau has issued strong wind warning for Wednesday 4 May for the West Coast, Central Coast, Central Gippsland Coast and East Gippsland Coast. On the other hand, it has cancelled its warning for Port Phillip and Western Port, as stated by skynews.com.au.
For Thursday 5 May strong wind warning has been issued for Port Phillip, West Coast, Central Coast and Central Gippsland Coast.Yesterday, Bureau of Meteorology (BoM)’s Kevin Parker told
Yesterday, Bureau of Meteorology (BoM)’s Kevin Parker told 9NEWS, “We’re expecting north to north-westerly winds to increase in strength, far beyond what they are at the moment, potentially reaching gusts of 90 to 100km/h, and as much as 110 on the alpine peaks.”
Three people were hospitalised due to the damaging winds on Tuesday. Two of them were hit by tree branches while the third person sustained a wrist injury after his caravan was crushed by a falling tree in Dandenong. He was later rescued by people helping out in the relief and recovery operation.
In yet another incident, 8 kayakers were rescued by lifesavers from Anglesea after being swept out to sea. All of them were unharmed and safe.
There were hundreds of calls to the South Australian State Emergency Service (SES). There were calls informing authorities about trees that topple onto buildings; people were also asking help for boats that broke loose from their moorings.