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Severe weather warning issued for the Wimmera – warning to sheep graziers

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for Victoria.
A series of active cold fronts will affect Victoria over the next few days.
Sheep graziers have been warned that cold temperatures, showers, isolated thunderstorms and strong to gale force northwesterly winds are expected during Saturday. Areas likely to be affected include the Wimmera, North East, South West, Central and West and South Gippsland forecast districts and parts of the North Central and East Gippsland forecast districts. There is a risk of losses of lambs and sheep exposed to these conditions.

The first cold front will reach the southwest this evening before moving through the remainder of the State overnight and early Saturday.
A second and stronger cold front will reach the southwest during the late morning on Saturday before affecting remaining parts of Victoria during the afternoon.
DAMAGING winds of 50 to 70kmh with gusts to around 90 km/h are forecast for the South West, North Central, Central, North East and West and South Gippsland during tonight and early Saturday, mainly over elevated areas.
DAMAGING winds of 60 to 80kmh are expected over all Victorian districts during Saturday, mainly during the afternoon. Across the northern plains, wind gusts of 90 to 100 km/h are possible while over southern and mountain areas wind gusts are expected to be between 100 and 110kmh, reaching 110 to 120kmh near the coast and over elevated areas.
DESTRUCTIVE winds of 70 to 90kmh with peak gusts of around 130kmh are possible about the Alpine peaks (above 1200 metres) during Saturday afternoon and early evening.
Isolated thunderstorms are possible during tonight and Saturday and wind gusts above 90kmh are possible.
The wind is expected to ease in most areas during Saturday evening although strong to gale force winds may remain near the coast and over the Alpine area.
Locations which may be affected include Mildura, Horsham, Warrnambool, Bendigo, Shepparton, Seymour, Maryborough, Ballarat, Geelong, Melbourne, Wodonga, Wangaratta, 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;

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Posted on Apr 13 2018

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