Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 4:35 pm Friday, 6 July 2018.

Weather Situation:
A strong cold front approaching from the Southern Ocean will sweep across Victoria overnight Friday and early Saturday. The front will produce a cold, vigorous and unstable southwesterly airstream on Saturday.

DAMAGING WINDS averaging 60 to 70km/h with peak gusts of 90 to 100 km/h are expected to develop over parts of the southwest district on FRIDAY night, then extend over central and Alpine areas overnight and early Saturday and over Gippsland Saturday afternoon. Peak wind gusts of 110km/h are possible about exposed coastal locations and with any thunderstorm activity.

Coastal and elevated areas will be the most at risk of DAMAGING winds.

Winds will ease over most inland areas by late Saturday afternoon, but area likely to persist along parts of the coast.

Locations which may be affected include Warrnambool, Seymour, Maryborough, Ballarat, Geelong, Melbourne, Morwell, Traralgon, Sale, Moe, Bairnsdale, Orbost and all Alpine Resorts.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Move vehicles under cover or away from trees;
* Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony;
* Keep clear of fallen power lines;