Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 10:56 am Friday, 3 April 2020.

Strong winds in southern Victoria over the weekend.

Weather Situation: A strong cold front will move over VIctoria later Friday, with a vigorous westerly airstream to follow.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of around 90 km/h are expected to develop about elevated areas of northeastern Victoria Saturday afternoon and persist through the remainder of the weekend. There is also a risk of damaging winds in the same area earlier Saturday morning as the cold front passes.

DAMAGING westerly WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of around 90 km/h are also expected to develop about exposed coastal areas during Saturday afternoon and persist through the remainder of the weekend.

Locations which may be affected include Warrnambool, Portland, Wonthaggi, Frankston, Falls Creek and Omeo.

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.