Severe Weather Warnings In Place For Parts Of Australia

Damaging winds are forecast to hit parts of Victoria and New South Wales today.

The Bureau of Meteorology forecasts winds will increase again as a cold front passes on Tuesday, with severe weather warnings remaining in place for parts of the state, including Melbourne, Warrnambool, Ballarat, Geelong, Wonthaggi, Bacchus Marsh and the Alpine resorts. 

Blustery winds are expected to pick up across the Alpine Peaks on Tuesday, sparking severe weather warnings across parts of the NSW South West Slopes and Snowy Mountains, including Jindabyne, Perisher Valley and Thredbo.

Gusts of up to 110km/h are likely to hit areas above 1900m in the Alpine area on Tuesday morning, picking up into the evening.

Emergency services are advising people to consider postponing travel, moving vehicles away from trees, steering clear of fallen power lines and securing their homes.

Victorian emergency services received more than 350 calls for help overnight, mainly in the central region, with about 1,300 properties still without power in Melbourne.

The strongest wind gusts recorded were 113 km/h at Fawkner Beacon, south of Melbourne, and 111km/h at St Kilda