NSW, Victoria, SA Weather: gusts of up to 100km/h, warnings in place

Millions of residents of New South Wales and Victoria have been warned to move their cars as strong winds gust in the region, knocking down trees and damaging buildings.

Government emergency services have advised residents across much of Victoria and southern New South Wales to take steps to protect themselves and their property amid severe storms.

Do not park your car under trees. With the majority of calls in the past 24 hours being felled by trees, and inclement conditions creating a continuation over saturated ground, we expect a continued risk of falling trees,” OSS Victoria said.

In New South Wales, residents of Greater Sydney and Illawarra have received similar warnings.

Authorities in both states warned that winds of up to 100 kilometers per hour caused trees to be uprooted, roofs to be blown off buildings and power lines to fall.

“We are asking residents to get their cars out from under trees, and to secure items in their yards and businesses that could become airborne, including trampolines or sheet metal,” NSW Assistant Commissioner Sean Cairns said on Monday.

“Residents can prepare for the winds by clearing tree branches over buildings, and making sure that roofs are in good condition.”

From 24 hours to 3pm on Monday, the Sydney metropolitan area received more than 270 requests for storm-related assistance, with at least 150 related to trees blown down by high winds and residual roof damage.

There are 102 warnings across the state, including 12 emergency warnings related to flooding.

“Over 1,000 damage assessments have been conducted at Forbes, with more than half of them experiencing some level of damage,” Kearns said.

“Our NSW SES crews continue to assist communities downstream of floodwaters on the Lachlan River in Euabalong and the Edward River in Deniliquin with sandbags, resupply and evacuation assistance.”

Meanwhile, in Victoria, the Met Office has warned that damaging winds averaging 50km/h to 70km/h, with peak gusts of up to 110km/h, are likely along the west coast of Wilson Promontory, which It could include parts of Melbourne.

“Winds are expected to decrease over inland this evening, then the risk of damaging winds to South Gippsland will decrease overnight,” the office said.

Locations that may be affected include Horsham, Warrnambool, Bendigo, Shepparton, Seymour, Maryborough, Ballarat, Geelong, Melbourne, Wodonga, Wangaratta, Traralgon and Bairnsdale.

Serious gusts exceeded 100 km/h in three states on Sunday, with winds of an incredible 114.8 km/h at Thredbo in the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales and winds of 113 km/h at Mount Buller in Victoria.

Emergency services were busy tending to fallen trees and power lines over the weekend as winds blew across both states.

“Monday is likely to be the windiest day for much of the Southeast,” Weatherzone meteorologist Andrew Casper Richardson warned.

“Gusts of over 100 km/h are likely over high and exposed coastal locations again.”

In South Australia, 544 homes are still without power after storms ravaged the state over the weekend.

The power outage peaked at 13,000 Saturday night after winds knocked down power poles, though authorities worked hard to restore power to all homes.

Damaging winds averaging 50 km/h to 70 km/h, with peak gusts of up to 100 km/h, are likely around the coasts and inland on Monday.

Adelaide, Mount Gambier, Maitland, Murray Bridge, Kingscote and Naracoorte are all under severe weather warnings.

Originally published as Move your car: Dangerous winds of up to 100km/h to wreck NSW and Victoria

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