Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 4:52 am Tuesday, 8 September 2020.

STRONG AND GUSTY WINDS AHEAD OF A COLD FRONT.

Weather Situation:
Strong northerly winds to continue ahead of a cold front expected to move across Victoria today.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 50 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of around 100 km/h continuing over much of the warning area ahead of the front. The most likely areas remain elevated location above 500m and areas typically exposed to strong northerly flow but are possible elsewhere.

DAMAGING WINDS are forecast to ease near and west of the cold front. Winds are expected to ease below warning threshold over the central districts by noon and eastern districts by late afternoon.

Locations which may be affected include Ballarat, Geelong, Melbourne, Wonthaggi, Bacchus Marsh and Falls Creek.

The strongest wind gusts recorded between 10pm Monday and 4:50am Tuesday have been:

107km/h at Mount William at 1:28am

106km/h at Mount Hotham at 3:51am

100km/h at Melbourne airport at 11:57pm

93km/h at Essendon at 12:20am

91km/h at Falls Creek at 12:37am, Fawkner Beacon at 12:41am and Cape Otway at 12:08am

86km/h at Sheoaks at 12:21am

83km/h at Kilmore Gap at 11:57pm, St Kilda at 3:17am and Mount Gellibrand at 1:20am

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.