Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 10:54 am Friday, 7 August 2020.

Damaging winds over parts of elevated and southern Victoria

Weather Situation: A strong easterly flow will develop over Victoria today as a low pressure system over central NSW moves south. This low will become centred over northwest Victoria later tonight.

DAMAGING EAST TO SOUTHEASTERLY WINDS, averaging 50 to 70 km/h, with peak gusts of around 90 to 100 km/h at higher elevations, are expected to develop about the Alpine areas from late this morning before extending over remaining parts of the warning area during the afternoon.

Winds are expected to gradually ease overnight, but may persist about the southwest coast until late morning on Saturday.

Locations which may be affected include Warrnambool, Portland, Geelong, the Surf Coast, the Otway Ranges, Frankston, the Mornington Peninsula, Falls Creek and 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.