Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in the Central and parts of the East Gippsland, South West, North Central, North East and West and South Gippsland Forecast Districts.

Issued at 10:18 am Wednesday, 9 August 2017.

Weather Situation:
North to northwesterly winds will strengthen on Thursday ahead of a cold front that will move over Victoria later in the day.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 50 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of 90 to 100 km/h are possible over the ranges and the central district from early Thursday morning, persisting into the afternoon.

Winds are expected to ease Thursday evening.

Locations which may be affected include Kyneton, Ballarat, Geelong, Melbourne, Wonthaggi and Bacchus Marsh.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Move vehicles under cover or away from trees;
* Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony;
* Keep clear of fallen power lines;