Wild weather on the way

GIPPSLANDERS may be in for another rough night after the Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe weather warning for damaging winds on Wednesday afternoon and evening.

According to the BOM website, damaging winds averaging 75 to 80 kilometres per hour with peak gusts of 110 km/h were forecast for elevated parts of West and South Gippsland, East Gippsland and North-East forecast districts.

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

An SES spokesperson reportedly warned people to remain clear of trees, especially in light of the recent floods and the earthquake last night which may have weakened roots.

Moe SES volunteer and media liaison Ray Curran said while they hoped they would not have a busy night, cloud formations indicated “there’s a lot of wind up there”.

For storm-related assistance, phone the SES on 132 500.