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Severe winds across Melbourne
Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley has warned revellers celebrating the Melbourne Cup today to take precautions ahead of severe winds expected make their way across Melbourne and central Victoria this afternoon.
“In addition to a Total Fire Ban in the Mallee region today, severe blustery winds are expected across Melbourne and central Victoria late this afternoon which have the potential to blow down marquees and other temporary structures,” Mr Lapsley.
“People celebrating the race that stops a nation need to take care to prevent accidents or tragedies.”
A low pressure trough approaching from the west will move through central parts of Victoria in the afternoon and the east overnight. The change is expected in the Geelong and Melbourne area between 4pm and 5pm.
Damaging winds around 65 to 75 km/h with peak gusts of 90 to 100 km/h are forecast for parts of the Central district including metropolitan Melbourne, especially bayside and coastal areas, late this afternoon.
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.
Monitor the weather at www.bom.gov.au and for all fire warnings and other emergency information go to www.emergency.vic.gov.au. Emergency information is also available through emergency broadcasters: ABC and commercial radio stations and SKY News TV.