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Strong winds lash the southeast

Andrew Casper-Richardson, Saturday April 4, 2020 - 13:15 EDT

A vigorous cold front has swept through parts of the southeast, bringing wind gusts in excess of 100km/h to some exposed and elevated parts.

South Australia was the first to feel the effects of the strong cold front as it started moving through southern parts of the state during Friday afternoon and evening. Cultana, located in the Eastern Eyre Peninsula, recorded the highest gust in the state, clocking in at 100km/h. Other notable wind gusts include 96km/h at Port Pirie, 91km/h at Neptune Island and 89km/h at Mt Hartz.

The cold front continued its march eastwards to start impacting Victoria during Friday evening with gusty winds continuing during Saturday morning. Wind gusts were equally  as strong as those experienced in South Australia. The highest wind gust recorded in the state was at Hogan Island with a gust of 100km/h, while Wilson Promontory reached 94km/h.

The highest parts of the New South Wales Alps were the hardest hit with the Thredbo Top Station receiving a gust of 120km/h early on Saturday morning. Storms associated with the cold front also brought damaging wind gusts with Forbes recording a 106km/h gust and 104km/h at Fowlers Gap.

On Saturday the front will continue to move through New South Wales and into Queensland whilst strong winds continue across the southeast in its wake. Further wind gusts in excess of 100km/h are likely for the highest parts of the Alps, with gusts reaching 90km/h in other elevated and exposed areas.

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