Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 4:52 am Friday, 9 August 2019.

Strong and squally winds contracting eastwards this morning.

Weather Situation: A low pressure system tracking rapidly eastwards across Bass Strait will reach the Tasman Sea this morning.

DAMAGING WESTERLY WINDS, averaging 50 to 70 km/h with gusts of 90 to 100 km/h will extend along the east Gippsland coast around midday today.

Peak wind gusts may reach up to 110 km/h about southern parts of the South West and Central districts, including the south eastern suburbs of Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula, and the west Gippsland coast. The strongest winds are expected to affect the Melbourne area between 5am and 9am this morning.

About the Alpine region (above 1200 metres) peak gusts may reach up to 120 km/h this morning with blizzards likely.

Winds are expected to ease over western and central areas this morning - and over the east this afternoon - although there may still be some strong with squalls with passing showers.

Locations which may be affected include Warrnambool, Ballarat, Geelong, Melbourne, Traralgon and Bairnsdale.

Severe weather is no longer occurring in the Mallee, Northern Country and Wimmera districts and the warning for these districts is CANCELLED.

Strongest wind gusts since 4pm Thursday till 4.45am Friday:

Cape Otway 115km/h 4.40am

Cape Nelson 98km/h 10.32pm

Warrnambool 98km/h 4.43am

Casterton 96km/h 11.42pm

Mount Gellibrand 95km/h 1.13am

Dartmoor 93km/h 10.10pm

Albury 91km/h 2.19am

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;