Victoria firefighters prepare for worst,
as nightmare conditions expected…
- Gale-force winds threaten firefighting efforts
- Thousands flee their homes in readiness
nursing home in Warburton
WHILE Melbourne, Geelong and surrounding suburbs are getting a little damp, fire authorities said the drizzle would be nowhere near the amount needed to douse fires.
Fire authorities said a change in wind direction late last night had put firefighters on high alert.
Wind speeds have hit 60km/h in Victoria’s alpine areas and about 45km/h in central districts including Ballarat.
The weather bureau’s Peter Blake said winds would continue to strengthen after sunrise.
Premier John Brumby has warned Victorians to prepare for the worst with gale-force winds up to 150km/h threatening to spark deathly firestorms.
He said the State’s resilience and bravery would be tested over the next 24 hours.