Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Central, Mallee, South West, Northern Country, North Central and Wimmera Forecast Districts.

Issued at 5:17 pm Thursday, 11 February 2021.

DAMAGING WIND GUSTS IN WESTERN VICTORIA THIS EVENING

Weather Situation:
A trough is moving into western Victoria, bringing strong gusty winds ahead of it

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of 90 to 100 km/h are likely through much of western Victoria in north to northwesterly winds ahead of a trough over the next few hours.

A gusty west to southwesterly wind change is expected through the warning area during the evening, with winds expected to ease behind the change later tonight.

Locations which may be affected include Horsham, Stawell, Hamilton, Ararat, Maryborough and Ballarat.

Wind gusts in the last 30 minutes:

Horsham 94km/h

Warracknabeal 93km/h

Hamilton 91km/h

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* 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.
* Be aware - heat, fire or recent storms may make trees unstable and more likely to fall when it's windy or wet.
* Check that loose items, such as outdoor settings, umbrellas and trampolines are safely secured. 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.
* Stay away from fallen powerlines - always assume they are live.
* Be aware that in fire affected areas, rainfall run-off into waterways may contain debris such as ash, soil, trees and rocks. Heavy rainfall may also increase the potential for landslides and debris across roads.
* Stay informed: Monitor weather warnings, forecasts and river levels at the Bureau of Meteorology website, and warnings through VicEmergency website/app/hotline.