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Severe Weather Warning

Severe Weather Warning

Damaging winds are expected tonight

A severe weather warning has been issued for most of Victoria and parts of New South Wales.

Damaging winds averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of 90 to 100 km/hare expected through Northern Victoria and the Southern Riverina tonight.

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 at least 8 metres away from fallen power lines or objects that may be energised, such as fences.
- Report fallen power lines to either Ausgrid (131 388), Endeavour Energy (131 003), Essential Energy (132 080) or Evoenergy (131 093) as shown on your power bill.
- For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.

The full warning can be read below:

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New South Wales

Weather Situation: A series of cold fronts are expected to cross southeastern Australia from Thursday until Sunday, generating a vigorous west to northwesterly flow across New South Wales.

For areas below 1900 metres: DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h, with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h, are possible for the Snowy Mountains and eastern parts of the southern ranges, including parts of the Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands, Illawarra, South Coast and Australian Capital Territory forecast districts from late Thursday afternoon or evening. Additionally, winds will increase about the western Metropolitan and areas of the Hunter and Mid-North Coast early Friday morning.

DAMAGING WIND GUSTS, in excess of 90 km/h, are possible with showers and thunderstorms during this morning about the Riverina, with an second threat during this afternoon and evening about the Lower Western and Riverina districts and then parts of the South West Slopes during early Friday morning.

For Alpine areas above 1900 metres: DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 80 to 90 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 120 km/h are possible. These winds may ease somewhat during Thursday afternoon, but are expected to reintensify on Thursday night.

BLIZZARDS are likely for Alpine areas above 1500 metres, possibly lowering to above 1000 metres by Thursday night. The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service recommends that back country travel be postponed until conditions improve.

Locations which may be affected include Thredbo Top, Nowra, Bowral, Wollongong, Katoomba, Cooma, Braidwood, Wentworth, Barrington Tops, Perisher Valley, Wagga Wagga and Deniliquin.

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 at least 8 metres away from fallen power lines or objects that may be energised, such as fences.
* Report fallen power lines to either Ausgrid (131 388), Endeavour Energy (131 003), Essential Energy (132 080) or Evoenergy (131 093) as shown on your power bill.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.

The next Severe Weather Warning will be issued by 5:00 pm AEST Thursday.


Victoria:

Weather Situation: A strong cold front will reach western Victoria late this afternoon before crossing the remainder of the State on tonight and Friday morning. An associated deep low pressure system is forecast to cross Bass Strait overnight Thursday into Friday.

DAMAGING WEST TO NORTHWESTERLY WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of 90 to 100 km/h are expected to develop across western parts of the warning area later THIS AFTERNOON before extending across remaining parts of the warning area TONIGHT and early FRIDAY.

DAMAGING WINDS are also likely across the Alpine region (above 1200 metres) for a 3-4 hour period around dawn THIS MORNING.

Peak wind gusts may reach up to 110 km/h about the southwest and central coasts and elevated terrain (above 500 metres), while about the Alpine region (above 1200 metres) peak gusts are expected to reach 120 km/h.

Blizzards are likely about the Alpine region (above 1200 metres) around dawn TODAY then through much of TONIGHT and Friday morning.

Winds are expected to ease over the western and central parts of the warning area during Friday morning.

Locations which may be affected include Mildura, Horsham, Warrnambool, Bendigo, Shepparton, Seymour, Ballarat, Geelong, Melbourne, Traralgon, Mt Baw Baw, Mt Buller, Mt Hotham and Falls Creek.

The strongest gusts recorded since midnight:
- 89 km/h at Mt Buller at 3:11am
- 87 km/h at Mt Hotham at 12:29am

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 AEST Thursday.

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