‘Now is the time to prepare’: Severe wind warning for Wednesday

Melburnians are being told to prepare for another blast of damaging wind on Wednesday with forecasters predicting 100km/h gusts will hit the city.

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Michael Efron said a severe weather warning had been issued for much of the state, with the second day of spring set to reach 21 degrees in the city and as high as 29 degrees in Mildura.

The State Emergency Service has urged residents to secure loose items such as umbrellas and trampolines tonight and remove outdoor furniture from balconies.

Belgrave’s Kaola Street on Friday after the storm. Credit:Luis Ascui

The warning comes less than a week after damaging winds tore through parts of the state on Thursday, leaving three people dead.

“Throughout Wednesday we’re going to see damaging winds developing, initially across elevated parts of the state before dawn, but then stemming to much of southern and mountain Victoria throughout the morning and then continuing into the afternoon,” Mr Efron said.

“By Wednesday night we’ll see those winds easing across western and central districts but still continuing over the north-eastern ranges.”

Mr Efron said gusts of up to 110km/h were predicted for alpine peaks and between 90-100km/h for the Melbourne area.

Last Thursday’s storm front approaching the Mornington Peninsula, overlooking Western Port Bay. Credit:Richard Lipp

He said the strongest winds were expected to hit the city late morning and continue into the late afternoon.

Temperatures are then expected to drop again from Thursday with a cold front and possible thunderstorms forecast for later in the week.

“Not quite as strong as what we saw last Thursday but still strong enough to cause some damage across the landscape,” he said.

Wild weather plunged large parts of the state into chaos last Thursday when strong winds tore roofs off homes and uprooted trees.

Three people died, including Ayan Kapoor, 4, who was struck by a falling tree in Blackburn South about 6pm.

A Parkdale woman, 36, was killed after the car she was a passenger in was struck by a falling tree on the Maroondah Highway in Fernshaw.

A Tecoma man also died when a tree fell on his car, crushing the 59-year-old, as he drove out of a shopping centre car park in Belgrave.

The storm prompted close to 2000 calls to the SES for assistance with thousands waking up without power the following day.

The strongest gust in the state was 156km/h, clocked at Hogan Island in the Bass Strait, followed by 144km/h at Wilsons Promontory, 124km/h at Mount Gellibrand and 122km/h at Yanakie in South Gippsland.

Closer to the city, Port Phillip Bay clocked 115km/h per hour, while St Kilda Harbour recorded 111km/h winds.

State Emergency Service spokeswoman Kathleen Jessop advised people to secure loose items outdoors tonight, park cars away from trees and look out for loose or falling branches.

Belgrave after Thursday’s storm.Credit:Luis Enrique Ascui

“It was an extremely busy one last week with VICSES responding to over 3400 calls in just four days, mostly relating to trees down and building damage," Ms Jessop said.

“With winds averaging between 60 and 70km/h, and possible gusts of over 100km/h Wednesday, now is the time to prepare in areas like Warrnambool, Ballarat, Geelong, Melbourne, Wonthaggi and Bacchus Marsh.”

For the latest weather warnings visit the Bureau of Meteorology website, and the VicEmergency app.

If people need SES during flood and storm emergencies call 132 500. For life-threatening emergencies call 000.

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