All Victorian districts are under a severe weather warning as the strongest winds in almost a decade lash the state.
Warm and blustery northwesterly winds ploughed across Victoria this morning ahead of a powerful cold front, producing gusts over 130km/h.
The windiest place in the state was the Grampians, where Mount William withstood a gust of 131.5 km/h, the strongest in five years. Further east, Mt Hotham Airport recorded a gust of 119km/h, which was the strongest since 2003.
Northerly winds remained strong in Melbourne all morning, gusting as high as 87km/h just before midday. These winds were violent enough to uproot trees, making it a busy morning for emergency services. At Melbourne Airport, gusts reached 98km/h.
There will be a slight easing of winds this afternoon in the wake of the cold front, but don't be comforted just yet. An intense low pressure system will approach from the west, increasing winds once again. Parts of the state's west saw winds restrengthen from early in the afternoon. Melbourne will see its next wind peak in the late evening.
The low pressure system will maintain windy conditions across the entire state on Thursday and Friday. For most places, these two days wont be quite as windy as today. Fortunately the weekend will offer some respite after a turbulent week.
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13:39 EST With 28mm already recorded in the rain gauge this month, Alice Springs is having its wettest May since 2004.