Storms on Sunday that left more than 36,000 homes without power are just a precursor to the wild weather expected to hit Victoria today.
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a Severe Weather Warning for damaging winds of up to 110 kilometres per hour for the state’s north-east, south-west, central, west and South Gippsland and East Gippsland.
Winds of 115 kilometres per hour were recorded in Mt Hotham just after midday today. St Kilda has already recorded gusts of 90 kilometres an hour.
An eight-metre gum tree crashed through powerlines on Canterbury Road, Ringwood East, just before 10am this morning, blocking two lanes of traffic.
A 41-foot yacht (named Licensed to Chill) washed up on Mornington beach after slipping its moorings at the Mornington Yacht Club.
A cold front is expected to hit the metropolitan area at around 4pm, which could cause delays during peak-hour traffic.
Waves seven metres in height are expected to hit Victoria’s west coast today and tomorrow.
Despite the wild winds, rainfall in Melbourne will be relatively low: between one-to-five millimetres.
SES Victoria has warned people to keep safe by clearing or securing backyards of loose items (such as outdoor furniture, umbrellas and trampolines) and to move vehicles away from trees.
It is expected that the winds and showers will ease rapidly this evening, with a clear day expected for tomorrow.
If you require assistance for storm-related damage, call SES Victoria on 132 500. For emergencies, call 000.