Hundreds Evacuated In Richmond As Crane Bends In High Winds
Police and emergency services are currently in Richmond following reports of a damaged construction crane.
WOW!! Tonight's wild winds have played havoc with this crane in Richmond! Great shot by David Opeca! @JaneBunn @vicsesnews #Melbourne #melbweather #melbourneweather #weather pic.twitter.com/6FeiBfkBt3— Vic Storm Chasers (@VicStormChasers) July 23, 2018
About 300 people have been evacuated in Melbourne after heavy winds damaged a 40-metre-high crane leaving it in danger of collapsing.
The crane is on a building site in Lennox Street, Richmond, and was damaged around 11pm on Monday but work to stabilise it can't begin until daylight.
The arm of the crane was blown backwards and "badly bent", according to emergency services.
Some 300 people living on the south-west side of the crane were evacuated to Richmond Town Hall for safety reasons.
Heavy winds hit Melbourne overnight and another warning has been issued for Victoria on Tuesday.
Damaging winds averaging 60-70km/h with peak gusts of around 90km/h are expected as a cold front moves eastwards across the state.
As well, alpine areas are expected to receive peak gusts of 100-110km/h, the Bureau of Meteorology said.
The affected areas are Warrnambool, Ballarat, Geelong, Melbourne, Wonthaggi, Bacchus Marsh and the Alpine resorts.
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