Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 7:02 am Sunday, 20 September 2020.

DAMAGING WINDS OVER ELEVATED AREAS OF VICTORIA SUNDAY NIGHT

Weather Situation: The first in a series of cold front will move across Victoria Sunday night, clearing the east of the State Monday morning.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of around 90 to 100 km/h are possible about elevated areas (above 500m) of western and central parts overnight, extending to the Alpine peaks Monday morning. Winds will strengthen from the west late Sunday evening, extending to eastern parts of the warning area early Monday morning.

Winds will ease rapidly from the west during Monday morning, dropping below warning threshold in the west in the early hours, and in the east later on Monday morning.

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

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.