Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 9:46 am Friday, 27 November 2020.

Winds strengthening over Alpine areas Saturday

Weather Situation: A trough over inland Australia will extend across western Victoria tonight then progress eastwards on Saturday with and embedded low pressure system deepening early Sunday.

DAMAGING NORTHWESTERLY WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of around 100 km/h are likely to develop over Alpine areas (above 1200 metres) during Saturday morning.

Winds are expected to ease below warning threshold during Saturday afternoon however thunderstorms may continue to produce damaging wind gusts. A re-strengthening of the winds across the far east is expected early Sunday, depending on the position and strength of the deepening low

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