Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 2:05 pm Friday, 13 March 2020.

Strong southerly winds developing overnight behind a vigorous cold front

Weather Situation: A vigorous cold front is moving through Victoria today. Strong southerly winds are expected behind the front, gradually easing on Saturday as the front moves away to the east.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of 90 to 100 km/h are possible near and north of the central Victorian ranges from late tonight and through Saturday morning.

Winds are expected to gradually ease from late Saturday morning.

Locations which may be affected include Bendigo, Shepparton, Seymour, Maryborough, Castlemaine and Kyneton.

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.