Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 10:52 am Wednesday, 11 November 2020.

DAMAGING NORTHERLY WINDS DURING WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY

Weather Situation:
Strong northerly winds east of a slow moving trough across western Victoria. The trough will reach eastern Victoria Thursday morning.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 50 to 60km/h with peak gusts of around 90 km/h are possible over elevated areas (above 400m) of western and central Victoria, extending over elevated areas of the eastern ranges late Wednesday evening, mainly Alpine areas (above 1200m).

Winds are expected to ease from the west during Wednesday afternoon, before easing over the eastern ranges by mid Thursday morning.

Severe thunderstorms with the potential for damaging wind gusts and heavy rain are possible outside the warning area through western parts on Wednesday afternoon, and central parts during the evening. Separate, severe thunderstorm warnings will be issued as appropriate.

Locations which may be affected include Ararat, Kyneton, Daylesford, Falls Creek, Mt Hotham and Mt Buller.

Strongest winds gusts for Wednesday so far include:

92 km/h at Mount William at 5:35am

90 km/h at Dartmoor (thunderstorm related) at 3:21am

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.