Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Wimmera and parts of Mallee and South West Forecast Districts.

Issued at 7:44 pm Sunday, 20 September 2020.

THUNDERSTORMS AND SQUALLY WINDS

Weather Situation:
A low pressure trough will move east across Victoria overnight.

Severe thunderstorms may produce damaging wind gust of 90-100km/h in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Horsham, Stawell, Warracknabeal, Hamilton, Warrnambool and Portland.

A line of thunderstorms is expected to enter the west of the State at around 8:30pm and move eastward, with conditions easing following the storms.

A wind gust of 93 km/h was recorded at Murray Bridge (SA) at around 6 pm.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Be aware that trees that have been damaged by heat or fire may be unstable and more likely to fall when it is windy or wet.
* Check that loose items such as outdoor settings, umbrellas and trampolines are safely secured and move vehicles under cover or away from trees.
* Stay indoors and away from windows.
* If outdoors, move to a safe place indoors. Stay away from trees, drains, gutters, creeks and waterways.
* If driving conditions are dangerous, safely pull over away from trees, drains, low-lying areas and floodwater. Avoid travel if possible.
* Stay safe by avoiding dangerous hazards, such as floodwater, mud, debris, damaged roads and fallen trees.
* Stay away from fallen powerlines always assume they are live.
* Stay informed monitor weather warnings, forecasts and river levels at the Bureau of Meteorology website, and warnings through VicEmergency.