Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 10:21 pm Friday, 20 December 2019.

Strong the squalls winds possible with thunderstorms.

A low pressure trough will cross central and eastern Victoria overnight and early Saturday.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Mildura, Horsham, Warrnambool, Bendigo, Maryborough, Ballarat, Geelong and Melbourne.

Strongest wind gusts this today -

Cape Nelson 98km/h at 4.52pm

Casterton 96km/h at 7.07pm

Hopetoun 95 km/h at 4.04pm

Mildura 87 km/h at 10:08pm

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.