A severe weather warning has already been lifted for the south-west this morning | The Standard

Date: 2021-10-28 20:32:33

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UPDATE, 11.05am: Police have released a list of road closures across the south-west, due to storm damage. As of 9.15am, the Cobden-Terang Road, between Forrest Park Road and Cobden-Warrnambool Road, was closed due to power lines being down and there was no time estimate for when the road will be reopened. Snake Track Road at Timboon was also off limits as well as Dowling Street, in Camperdown, due to powerlines. The Cobden-Stoneyford Road was open but police urged drivers to show extreme care through the area. Driver were also generally cautioned to slow down and take care due to tree branches being down across a number of country roads. A police spokesman thanked the State Emergency Service and the Country Fire Authority volunteers and private farmers for their efforts to clear the roads. At 9.10am: SES south-west regional spokesman Brad Jew said the western end of the south-west region was now clear, while the storm was still moving through the Geelong end of the region. He said there had been building damage and loose debris reported at both Port Campbell and Peterborough. “Those jobs are just being completed now,” he said. “It was certainly a rough and windy night, but considering the amount of rain we received and the amount of wind, I’m a bit surprised there was not more damage,” he said. “The focus is now on the Geelong end of the region as the storms move through to the central part of the state,” he said. At 7.55am: Warrnambool State Emergency Service volunteers had a busy morning with 15 call-out for trees down. Warrnambool SES unit controller Stephen Bakker said there was a leaking roof earlier in the night but the tree calls were mostly received between 2.30am and 6.30am. There were call-outs at Naringal, Childers Cove, Mailors Flat and Purnim while a tree caused issues after falling over power lines in Warrnambool’s Laverock Road. “There is a lot of water over roads and we would urge all motorists to drive to the conditions this morning and take extra care. We want everyone to be safe,” he said. “Warrnambool and district seems to have come out of it reasonably well considering the 100km/h winds. “It certainly rattled the windows at my place, and I’m tipping most homes in Warrnambool,” he said. At 7.20am: At 7am it appeared the power was out in much of Warrnambool. Traffic lights were not operating, causing drivers to be extra cautious, particularly crossing Raglan Parade. Powercor is coming up with a statement, which we expect soon. Overnight the highest wind gust in the south-west was 143km/h at Mount William in Halls Gap at 3.41am, followed by 117 at Mount Gellibrand and Ben Nevis. Port Fairy had a gust of 98 while Warrnambool and Mortlake had 96. The region was also drenched. Casterton had 58mm of rain, Portland airport 53.6, Warrnambool 48.6, Port Fairy 46.6, Dartmoor 45.6 and Cape Nelson 42 and Hamilton 29.8. Radar shows the cold fronts appear to be heading east and hopefully the worst of the weather is already behind us. A low pressure system moving through Bass Strait this morning will quickly move away to the south-east during the afternoon. A high south of WA will extend a ridge towards Victoria by late evening with the ridge persisting over Victoria for several days as the high drifts eastwards to be near Adelaide by Saturday night, then over the Tasman Sea by Monday morning. For the rest of today across the south-west, it will be cloudy with a very high (90 per cent) chance of showers. Winds will be south-westerly 30 to 45 km/h tending south to south-westerly 20 to 30 km/h in the evening then becoming light in the late evening. Daytime maximum temperatures across the region will be about around 14 degrees. A severe weather warning for the south-west was cancelled at 6.19am Friday. There’s still a sheep graziers alert and farmers are warned that cold temperatures, rain and showers and south to south-westerly winds are expected during Friday morning. There is a risk of losses of lambs and sheep exposed to these conditions. There’s also a storm force marine wind warning. The severe weather warning issued at 4.30am is now expected to impact central and eastern Victoria. Tomorrow we are expecting showers and 14 degrees, Sunday a partly cloudy day 17, Monday sunny 19 and Tuesday partly cloudy 25. IN OTHER NEWS: Our journalists work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. This is how you can access our trusted content:

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