Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Central, North Central and Northern Country Forecast Districts.

Issued at 4:33 pm Saturday, 13 January 2024.

Damaging winds possible about central districts from this evening.

Weather Situation: A trough of low pressure will move northwards over NSW today, with a strengthening southerly flow developing in its wake.

Strong southerly winds averaging 50 to 60 km/h with DAMAGING WIND GUSTS of around 90 km/h possible from early this evening.

Winds are expected to ease below warning thresholds during Sunday morning.

Locations which may be affected include Seymour and Kyneton.

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.