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Wild wind warning

  • Wild wind warning

Severe weather warning of damaging winds

A severe weather warning has been issued for residents in the Wimmera and South West for Wednesday, February 14th.

Damaging winds averaging 50 to 60 kilometres an hour will sweep through the South West and southern parts of the Wimmera with peak gusts of 90 to 100 kilometres an hour expected.

Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley wants locals to remember fires that start in strong winds will still be very difficult to manage.

"We know with really strong winds, that a fire that starts will be very difficult to manage, very difficult to control and could do damage," Mr Lapsley said.

"What comes with the strong winds but lower temperatures is that the calculated fire danger rating is will still be very high."

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Mr Lapsley is also warning of possible power outages due to the strong winds.

"We could have local outages of power," he said.

"With 80, 90, 100 kilometre winds, you could have tree limbs that fall over power lines or power lines that come to the ground.

"That is very localised but very disruptive to local areas."

Areas that may be affected include, Horsham, Stawell, Ararat, Halls Gap and Edenhope.

The State Emergency Service advises people should, move vehicles under cover or away from trees, secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony and keep clear of fallen power lines.