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Cold fronts rip through the southeast

Drew Casper-Richardson, Saturday April 14, 2018 - 10:30 EST

Wild winds whipped up by a series have cold fronts have brought wind gusts in excess of 100km/h across four states.

A cold front moved through South Australia during Friday and into Saturday morning with the strongest winds being felt in the states southeast and exposed islands to the south. Neptune Island and Narcoote both recorded wind gusts of 115km/h. The temperature at Narcoote also dropped sharply with the passage of the front, shaving 5 degrees off in as many minutes. Adelaide has so far escaped the worst of the winds with gusts of 55-65km/h.

Over the border in Victoria, the South West has picked up the strongest gusts so far. Cape Nelson and Mt Gellibrand both recorded a gust of 106km/h and Mortlake 100km/h.

Across Bass Strait the exposed capes and elevated areas of the Apple Isle gusted above 100km/h with Mt Read topping out at 106km/h and Cape Grim in the north west reaching exactly 100km/h.

The strongest winds for New South Wales have been confined to the peaks of the Snowy Mountains where Thredbo had a gust of 111km/h. A trough ahead of the cold front generated a line of storms that brought a 100km/h gust to Orange along with 11mm of rain and temperature drop of over six degrees in eight minutes.

As of Saturday morning there were Severe Weather Warnings in place for at least parts of South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania and New South Wales. Winds are likely to be strongest above 1200m in Victoria where wind gusts could reach 130km/h whilst gusts over 100km/h are a risk for remaining warning areas.

Winds will start easing for South Australia late on Saturday but damaging winds will remain a risk of parts of Victoria, Tasmania and New South Wales on Sunday.

- Weatherzone

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