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Planes delayed as powerful winds hit tarmac at Melbourne Airport

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Winds with speeds clocking nearly 100km/hr have forced some planes to delay take-off at Melbourne Airport today.

Melbourne Airport has issued a warning advising travellers to check with airlines for possible delays caused by surging winds.

 

Winds with speeds of 61km/hr were clocked at the airport around 2.40pm, according to the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM).

Jetstar was forced to delay a flight by more than an hour this morning due to gusty conditions, The Age reported.

Damaging winds with gusts of up to 90km/hr are also affecting parts of Wimmera, South West and Central Victoria.

Conditions will move across to the central districts tonight and further east tomorrow, BoM reported.

A severe weather warning has been issued for the Central, Mallee, South West, North Central, North East, West and South Gippsland, Wimmera and parts of the East Gippsland and Northern Country Forecast Districts.

Weather warning for Victoria. (BOM)

Weather warning for Victoria. (BOM)

Elevated areas above 1000 metres may experience thunderstorms and gusts of 110 km/hr.

Wind speeds of 67km/hr were recorded at Melbourne Airport at 11.30am.
Heavy rainfall triggered by a cold front from Adelaide will arrive later this afternoon in the west, and overnight in the state’s central and eastern regions.

A possible thunderstorm is also on the cards late this afternoon and into the night, bringing winds of up to 60km/h.

Up to 25mm is expected across the state which may cause flash flooding in Melbourne as well as Mildura, Horsham, Warrnambool, Bendigo, Seymour, Maryborough, Ballarat and Geelong, BoM said.

The deluge will cause today’s temperature in Melbourne of 20 degrees to drop to a maximum of 16 degrees tomorrow.

The SES advises that people should:

Move vehicles under cover or away from trees.
Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony.
Keep clear of fallen power lines.
Don’t walk, ride or drive through flood water.
Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
Be aware that in fire affected areas, rainfall run-off into waterways may contain debris such as ash, soil, trees and rocks.
Be alert that in areas recently affected by fires, heavy rainfall increases the potential for landslides and debris across roads.