Wind warning issued for the Yarra Ranges

Strong winds are expected throughout today. Picture: ON FILE

The Bureau of Meteorology is warning Yarra Ranges residents of damaging wind gusts in the region today.

A vigorous cold front will move eastwards across Victoria today, currently in the centre of the state and clearing to the east by late in the day.

Strong winds averaging 50 to 60 km/h with damaging wind gusts up to 120 km/h are expected for elevations above 1200 metres and on the southern slopes of the ranges. These conditions are expected to ease by this evening.

Sheep graziers are also warned that cold temperatures, rain and showers and southwesterly winds are expected during Tuesday and Wednesday and there is a risk of losses of lambs and sheep exposed to these conditions.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:

If driving conditions are dangerous, safely pull over away from trees, drains, low-lying areas and floodwater. Avoid travel if possible.

Stay safe by avoiding dangerous hazards, such as floodwater, mud, debris, damaged roads and fallen trees.

Be aware – heat, fire or recent storms may make trees unstable and more likely to fall when it’s windy or wet.

Check that loose items, such as outdoor settings, umbrellas and trampolines are safely secured. Move vehicles under cover or away from trees.

Stay indoors and away from windows.

If outdoors, move to a safe place indoors. Stay away from trees, drains, gutters, creeks and waterways.

Stay away from fallen powerlines – always assume they are live.

Be aware that in fire affected areas, rainfall run-off into waterways may contain debris such as ash, soil, trees and rocks. Heavy rainfall may also increase the potential for landslides and debris across roads.

Stay informed: Monitor weather warnings, forecasts and river levels at the Bureau of Meteorology website, and warnings through VicEmergency website/app/hotline.