Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 11:01 am Tuesday, 19 May 2020.


A cold front will enter western Victoria this evening, crossing the state overnight.

Strong and gusty North to Northwesterly winds expected over elevated terrain ahead of approaching cold front. Winds are expected to strengthen during the afternoon, with DAMAGING GUSTS up to 90 km/h developing later tonight.

Peak gusts of 100 km/h expected in alpine areas after midnight Tuesday, and continuing during early hours of Wednesday morning. Gusts easing early Wednesday morning in west/central parts, but continuing until mid-morning in the east.

Locations which may be affected include Daylesford, Mt Baw Baw, Falls Creek, Mt Hotham, Mt Buller.

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.