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 4:43 pm Sunday, 15 November 2020.

DAMAGING WINDS SUNDAY AND MONDAY

Weather Situation: Strong and gusty northerly winds developing ahead of a low pressure trough expected to cross the State later tonight into Monday morning. Strong and gusty westerly winds then develop about exposed coasts early Monday morning.

DAMAGING NORTHERLY WINDS, averaging 50 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of around 100 to 110 km/h are expected across elevated areas (above 400m) of central Victoria extending to the far east during the evening.

Winds are expected to continue overnight Sunday into Monday, but will ease from the west behind a change which is expected to reach western Victoria late tonight, central districts early Monday then clearing the east during Monday afternoon.

DAMAGING WESTERLY WINDS averaging 40 to 60km/h with peak gusts of around 90km/h are possible about the southwest coast and Bass coast to Wilsons Promontory during Monday morning, easing by the afternoon.

Locations which may be affected include Warrnambool, Portland, Wonthaggi, Bacchus Marsh, Falls Creek and Omeo.

A 100km/h wind gust was observed at Mt Gellibrand at 1:22pm

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.