‘Devastating’ 80mph winds hit several states before wildlife sparks new flood fears

Close the shutters, potentially destructive winds are expected across much of South Australia as “strong” conditions bring wild weather this week.

Severe weather warnings are current for parts of WA, SA, NSW and Victoria as several locations prepare for a trifecta of damaging winds, heavy rains and flooding.

“Last night we saw those winds really impact parts of southwestern WA, where some locations saw their strongest gusts ever,” said Bureau of Meteorology’s Dean Narramore.

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“This system has now moved into South Australia and that will move to Victoria later tonight with more widespread winds.”

Parts of WA recorded gusts over 80mph near the south coast and record-breaking winds over 100mph in the Perth metro area, knocking down trees and power lines.

Narramore warned that strong winds were now moving towards South Africa, where much of the state could expect gusts of more than 90 km/h.

“As we go into tonight, those winds will move to western and higher parts of Victoria where we could see gusts of 110 km/h, with possible gusts of up to 130 km/h in our Alps,” he said.

“We’re also seeing damaging surf for many of our coastal communities in western and southwest WA, where we’re seeing wave heights of up to 10 meters,” Narramore said.

Widespread damaging wind gusts in excess of 90 kph are expected to continue Tuesday night across much of southern WA and eastern parts of SA.

More damaging winds will develop over VIC and the Alpine and southeastern NSW region from Tuesday evening early Wednesday.

Conditions are expected to ease on Wednesday and worsen again on Thursday, as the next in a series of cold fronts sweep across South Australia.

The next front is likely to dump heavy rainfall over parts of VIC and NSW, with drops exceeding 100mm in some areas.

“That could lead to another potential flood for parts of NSW inland,” Narramore warned.

Heavy rainfall is forecast in much of South Australia in the coming days. Credit: Bomb

Tim Wiebusch, chief operations officer of the Victorian State Emergency Service, says people should prepare.

“Be sure to heed the advice of emergency services and secure loose items in and around your home, park your vehicle under cover, away from trees and stay indoors until the storm passes,” Wiebusch said Tuesday.

“As we expect heavy rain in parts of Victoria, it is important that you never drive through high water.

“It doesn’t take much to make your car unstable, lose traction or wash away. Attempting to drive through the water may be the last decision you make.”


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