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Windy weather in Victoria set to continue for the rest of the week

Monday August 19, 2013 - 12:52 EST
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The Victorian SES had almost 300 calls for help on Sunday after a week of high winds. - ABC

The windy conditions that kept the State Emergency Service (SES) busy for a week are expected to continue today, after more than 300 calls for help on Sunday.

Most of the calls were for fallen trees and about half of them were from Melbourne metropolitan area.

There is a severe weather warning for damaging winds in place for much of the state including the South West, Central, West and South Gippsland forecast districts.

The warning has been cancelled for the North Central, North East and East Gippsland districts.

Wind gusts of 96 kilometres per hour were recorded in the in Alpine areas overnight.

Senior forecaster Richard Carlyon says strong winds look set to continue today, before easing later in the week.

"It'll be mainly when showers move through giving a stronger down burst (that the wind) could be around 80 to 90 kilometres per hour," he said.

"Even when it picks up again later in the week, we're not likely to see the winds quite as strong as today.

"But there's still likely to be fairly fresh and gusty westerly winds right through the week."

Meantime, the SES is on alert at Portland, in western Victoria, where a low pressure system is expected to generate waves of up to five metres.

Some houses on the outskirts of town were sandbagged last week after heavy rain led to some low-level flooding.

Matt Maywald from the Portland SES says they are prepared for the large waves and the possibility of more rain.

"They could be 30-50 millimetres more rain over the next few days," he said.

"If that falls in the next two days, it shouldn't present too much grief, but if it does fall much quicker, then we are prepared to deal with it, if that arises."


© ABC 2013

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