Severe thunderstorm warning warning for West Gippsland 16/12/2011
 Baw Baw News  

By // 15:47, Friday 16 December 2011

THESE WARNINGS ALSO APPLY TO: East Gippsland, North Central, North East and South Gippsland Forecast Districts.

Residents of West Gippsland have been warned by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) to prepare for “locally severe” thunderstorms ” likely to produce damaging winds, very heavy rainfall, flash flooding and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours.”

“Locations which may be affected include Bright, Mt Baw Baw, Falls Creek, Mt Hotham, Mt Buller and Omeo.”

The State Emergency Service (SES) has issued the following advice for residents:


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-Keep clear of fallen power lines.
-Secure any loose objects in the vicinity of your home.
-Keep away from creeks and drains.
-Do not drive vehicles through flooded areas.
-Stay indoors if possible.
-Avoid using the phone during the storm.
-If you are outside, avoid sheltering under trees.
-Listen to the radio for storm updates.
-Switch off your computer and electrical appliances.

For a complete list of weather warnings around Victoira, visit http://www.bom.gov.au/vic/warnings/index.shtml.

The next weather warning update from the BOM will be issued at 3.20AM. You can access the BOM warnings website for Victoria at http://www.bom.gov.au/vic/warnings/index.shtml.

Emergency numbers are:

Write these numbers down in case of power outages.

For storm emergency assistance from the SES: 132 500, or for SES information: 1300 842 737

For life-threatening injury: 000

Information on road closures: www.vicroads.vic.gov.au or phone 131 170.

For warning updates: www.bom.gov.au or phone 1300 659 217.


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The next weather warning update from the BOM will be issued at 11PM. You can access the BOM warnings website for Victoria at http://www.bom.gov.au/vic/warnings/index.shtml


BOM Warning Area Map.

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