Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 10:53 am Saturday, 2 May 2020.

Squally winds contracting eastwards.

A strong low pressure system to the east of Tasmania is drifting slowly eastward, directing a vigorous westerly airflow across Victoria.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 100 km/h, are expected about the coastal fringe and the elevated areas in the east of the State today.

Winds gusts along the South Gippsland coast may reach 115km/h.

DAMAGING WINDS will continue to gradually ease from the west and will contract further eastwards this afternoon.

Severe weather is no longer occurring in the Central district and the warning for this district is CANCELLED.

Locations which may be affected include Bairnsdale, Orbost, Mt Baw Baw, Falls Creek, Mt Hotham and Omeo.

Severe weather is no longer occurring in the Central district and the warning for this district is CANCELLED.

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.