Moderate risk thunderstorm asthma warning issued ahead of stormy weekend

A moderate risk forecast has been issued for areas of the Yarra Ranges ahead of a potential thunderstorm that could cause symptoms for asthma sufferers. Picture: ON FILE

The central district has been hit with a moderate risk forecast for epidemic thunderstorm asthma in place on Friday 24 November.

The combination of high grass pollen levels and thunderstorms with strong winds means that there is a chance that a large number of people may develop asthma symptoms over a short period of time.

You can protect yourself and those in your care by following these simple steps:

• Monitor the VicEmergency website or app for updates and warnings;

• Avoid being outdoors in a storm, especially the winds that precede them; go inside and close your windows and doors.

• Take your preventative asthma medication as directed, even when you’re symptom-free;

• Carry your reliever and know how to manage an asthma attack. Follow your asthma action plan or use asthma first aid.

Call Nurse on Call on 1300 60 60 24 or see your local doctor if you require medical advice.

Call triple zero (000) immediately if someone is not breathing, if their asthma suddenly becomes

worse or is not improving, or if the person is having an asthma attack and a reliever puffer is not


For up-to-date information visit the VicEmergency website or download the VicEmergency App.