Winds and flood warnings after torrential rain

Flood warnings have been issued across Victoria and Tasmania as the two states prepare to be hit by more damaging winds.

Gusts of 115km/h were recorded at Mt William in western Victoria overnight, while Mt Hotham saw winds of 109km/h, Falls Creek 107km/h and Wilsons Promontory 91km/h.

The weather bureau has warned peak gusts of up to 110km/h would continue to hit Victorian alpine regions above 1200m throughout Friday.

Winds averaging 50 to 60km/h with peak gusts up to 100km/h are also expected to in southwest Victoria, the central ranges, the southern central coast of Victoria and southwest Gippsland.

The weather bureau said locations likely to be affected by the severe weather warning were Warrnambool, Portland, the Grampians, Ballarat, Geelong, Wonthaggi, Bacchus Marsh, Frankston, Mt Buller, Mt Hotham and Falls Creek.

Barring the Mornington Peninsula and the outer southeast, Melbourne was largely expected to avoid being hit by the strong winds.

The bureau said the winds were expected to ease during Friday morning but would persist in elevated areas and the Bass Coast until the evening.

Meanwhile, flood warnings have been issued for southwest and northeast Victoria after some places recorded a months worth of rain in the past 48 hours.

Minor flood warnings are in place for the Glenelg, Goulburn, King and Macalister rivers and the Seven and Castle creeks.

In Tasmania, a moderate flood warning has been issued for the South Esk River near Launceston, with minor flood warnings in place for the Jordan, Macquarie, Meander, Coal and North Esk rivers.

Weather bureau senior forecaster Tom Delamotte said there would be a “fairly good easing” of conditions later on Friday.

“It will be quite a showery start to the day for southern and mountain areas of Victoria on Friday but the showers do ease as we move into the afternoon and evening and there won’t be too much by Friday night,” he said.

“The winds do ease by Friday morning as well so pretty much an easing trend on the way for Friday.”

Mr Delamotte said by the weekend a ridge of high pressure would bring some isolated shower activity to southern parts of Victoria but it would start to warm up in the north with temperatures back up into the mid-20s over the weekend.

Weather bureau meteorologist Jonathan How said the cold front that brought the torrential rain and damaging winds to Australia’s southeast would gradually move east off the coast of Tasmania during Saturday.

“It’s not until late Saturday that we’ll start to see things dry out, but high river levels may continue for several days,” he said.

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