Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Mallee, South West and Wimmera Forecast Districts.

Issued at 4:18 pm Friday, 20 December 2019.

A low pressure trough will move into western Victoria this afternoon, crossing the remainder of the State overnight and early Saturday.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds in the warning area over the next several hours.

Little if any rain will accompany the storms. There is the potential for localised dust storms caused by the wind gusts associated with the thunderstorms. Locations which may be affected include Murrayville, Horsham, Edenhope, Hamilton, Warrnambool and Portland.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* 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.