A windy old week for Melbourne
Strong winds of around 60 kph are set to continue until the weekend, when the next cold front sets in and the weather gets worse...PT1M46S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-3asn2 620 349 June 25, 2014
It may be chilly, but Wednesday has proven to be a much calmer day than its wild and windy predecessor.
As thousands of Victorians continue to mop up after Tuesday's icy, cyclone-like storm thrashed the state, emergency services are breathing a collective sigh of relief.
State Emergency Services spokesman Stefan Delatovic said the SES was well on its way to cleaning up 200 outstanding jobs.
Trampolines from neighbouring homes blew into pools. Photo: Twitter/Courtesy 3AW listener Wayne
“Today looks like it’s just going to be about tidying about from yesterday,” he said.
On Wednesday, NASA's satellite images showed an intense, churning cold front that brought driving rain, freezing wind blasts and heavy snow across the state's peaks. Falling trees and flying debris cut roads and rail lines, and about 60,000 homes and businesses lost power.
While conditions have eased, the weather bureau forecast rain and wind to to increase again on Wednesday night, with another strong cold front on the way.
The progress of yesterday's front.
Despite downgrading its severe weather warning earlier, the Bureau of Meteorology has re-introduced a dangerous winds and storm warning for the north-east, west, south and East Gippsland areas.
Senior Forecaster Terry Ryan said elevated areas such as the Alpines would experience wind gusts of up to 100km/h from Wednesday evening and into the night.
"But the winds should ease by Thursday morning," he said.
Melbourne will be largely spared as winds look to lash only coastal waters and bays, Mr Ryan said.
"Gusts of 60 to 70 km/h will hit the bay-side suburbs of Melbourne, but it will be nothing like yesterday."
A few showers are also expected in the evening from 8pm, and will continue into Thursday, which is predicted to hit a top of 16.
This trampoline smashed through a neighbour's fence. Photo: Twitter/@drowninyou
But Victorians are not free of the cold snap, with very low temperatures expected for the weekend.
Mr Ryan said another burst of wind was coming on Friday afternoon, accompanied by a cold front.
On Tuesday, dangerous weather lashed the state, leaving people injured, trains lines suspended, homes without power, roads closed and temperatures plummeting below freezing with wind chill.
The Yarra burst its banks in several places on its route through the CBD in the early afternoon, flooding the Queen Street Bridge and popular bar Ponyfish Island.
Victorian power companies worked frantically overnight trying to restore power to more than 60,000 homes across the state.
CitiPower and Powercor spokesman Drew Douglas said at 7.30am about 1400 homes were still without power, mainly in the Otways, Bacchus Marsh, Terang and Camperdown areas.
Mr Douglas said crews aimed to get residents back on the grid by midday.
SP AusNet spokesman Jonathon Geddes said 7000 customers were still without power on Wednesday morning, down from 24,000 on Tuesday.
He said Toolangi and Kinglake were the areas most affected by wild winds, with fallen trees and branches snaring lines and snapping power poles.
State Emergency Services received more than 3000 calls for assistance on Tuesday.
The SES's Stefan Delatovic said it was “surprising” how many help calls related to “trampolines being turned into missiles”.
“This includes a trampoline flying into a neighbour's house and smashing the windows, as well as cars being hit by flying trampolines.
The SES also attended to trees falling on cars, a collapsed wall, and garden sheds being blown into people’s yards.
But Mr Efron warned Victorians were not free of the cold snap, with very low temperatures expected for the weekend.
“Although Thursday looks relatively dry and in between cold fronts, there looks to be another strong system which will reach the west of the state during Friday evening, and then move across central Victoria during Saturday,” he said.
“Saturday and Sunday will see a strong cold front, and we could also see hail in southern Victoria”.
Melbourne saw about 5 millimetres of rainfall on Tuesday and overnight, with eastern suburbs suffering the worst of the freezing rain, where 10 to 25mm fell.
“It is typical in this sort of pattern to see the eastern suburbs receive sometimes double, or even triple, that of the western and northern suburbs,” Mr Efron said.
“The influence of Port Phillip Bay combined with southwesterly winds tends to result in an increase in rainfall across those suburbs.”
But the cold snap was good news at least for the state’s snowfields, where 40 centimetres of snow fell at Mount Buller, and more than 50cm at Mount Hotham in a 24-hour period.
Mr Efron said a further 1 metre of snow was expected to fall by the weekend.