Overnight, the strongest winds hit at:
- Cape Otway: 115km/h at 4.40am
- Cape Nelson: 98km/h at 10.32pm
- Warrnambool: 98km/h at 4.43am
- Casterton: 96km/h at 11.42pm
- Mount Gellibrand: 95km/h at 1.13am
- Dartmoor: 93km/h at 10.10pm
- Albury: 91km/h at 2.19am
And here’s an update from Victoria’s State Emergency Service on the predicted DAMAGING WINDS (that’s the BoM’s caps lock, remembe).
Speaking of winds… Police were called to a kite surfer who hit trouble in Brighton yesterday afternoon.
However, when they arrived at Green Point there was a green kite – but no board attached or surfer in sight.
Police eventually figured out that the surfer was not missing in the water. He had simply returned to shore on his board and left his kite behind.
If you recognise this kite, get in touch with the Water Police at Williamstown on 03 9399 7500.
Waves as high as six metres could pound the coast this morning as part of the most severe winter weather to hit Victoria this year, writes breaking news reporter Zach Hope.
The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast isolated gusts of up to 110km/h across Melbourne and up to 130km/h in the Bellarine and Mornington peninsulas, prompting an advance warning from the State Emergency Services for people plan ahead and take care.
“If it’s safe to do so, tie down any loose items around your home such as outdoor furniture or trampolines,” SES chief officer Tim Wiebusch said.
“Remember to also ensure your drains and gutters are clear. It’s important to remain alert when behind the wheel, these strong winds may create dangerous road conditions, such as debris or fallen trees and powerlines.”
Traffic lights are out in the city’s south-east between Aspendale and Bon Beach.
It’s still dark, so drive carefully out there.
Here’s how The Age looks in print today:
The winds are coming… Truly. Yesterday was just a practice run.
Cape Otway has recorded the strongest winds overnight of 115km/h, while Cape Nelson and Warrnambool were both hit with gusts of 98km/h.
And the Bureau of Meteorology has forecast isolated gusts of up to 110km/h across Melbourne between now and 9am.
The State Emergency Services has warned Victorians to plan ahead and take care during the high winds.
Good morning, and welcome to a wet and wild Friday. Apparently. It does feel like we had these warnings yesterday, but instead we got sunshine!
The Bureau of Meteorology updated its severe weather warning just before 5am for DAMAGING WINDS (yes, the warning is in caps lock!).
It’s also wet and windy on the roads, but so far it’s delay-free. A small section of Gilbert Road, near Henty Street, in Preston is closed after a truck hit a power pole yesterday.
And the Metro Trains website is showing a good service on all lines.