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Howling winds thrash the south

Joel Pippard, Saturday August 12, 2017 - 11:49 EST

The southeast of the country has had a rough night, with multiple locations seeing wind gusts greater than 140km/h.

On Friday, damaging wind warnings were issued for Victoria, Tasmania as well as the Snowy Mountains in NSW and Lower South East in South Australia.

Hogan Island recorded a 148 km/h gust this morning with sustained winds of nearly 130km/h, their strongest winds since July 2016.

Across Bass Strait, Cape Grim saw two wind gusts reaching 146km/h overnight as storms rolled overhead.

Amongst the strong winds, Warra recorded 48mm of rain, their highest August 24-hour total since 2010.

In NSW, Thredbo saw 122km/h gusts while Perisher recorded a 102km/h gust, giving a howling night to the tourists that have flocked to the ski fields.

This wild weather was brought on by a cold front crossing the region. Fortunately, the damaging wind warnings for all affected areas have now been cancelled with showers easing through the day. On Sunday, mostly sunny skies and light winds should prevail through NSW, VIC and TAS before another, weaker front arrives on Monday.

- Weatherzone

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