The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) issued severe weather warnings for Victoria and South Australia states at 11:17 (local time) on Thursday, September 19, forecasting damaging winds and flooding. Damaging winds with peak gusts of around 90 kph (60 mph) are expected to affect individuals in western and central Victoria, including Hamilton, Warrnambool, Portland, Kyneton, Ballarat, and Daylesford. A final flood warning is also in place as of 09:40 for the Latrobe River in Victoria. Strong winds averaging between 50-70 kph (31-43 mph) are also forecast to affect individuals in central and eastern South Australia state through Friday, September 20. Affected areas may include Adelaide, Port Lincoln, Whyalla, Mount Gambier, Coober Pedy, and Roxby Downs.
Associated power outages and disruptions to transportation and business services are possible in areas forecast to be affected by the severe weather.
Individuals in southern Australia are advised to monitor local weather reports, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, anticipate adverse weather and power and transportation disruptions, and remember that running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) is enough to knock over an adult - and never drive through flooded streets; floodwater may also contain wastewater and chemical products.
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