Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 9:05 am Saturday, 4 April 2020.

Strong winds for southern Victoria over the weekend.

Weather Situation: A strong cold front continues to move across eastern Victoria this morning with a band of rain with locally heavy falls. A vigorous westerly airstream is expected to follow.

DAMAGING WINDS averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of around 90 km/h are expected to develop about exposed coastal areas of western and central Victoria during late Saturday afternoon, extending to elevated areas of eastern Victoria Saturday evening and persisting through these areas over the remainder of the weekend.

DAMAGING WINDS are expected to further extend to elevated areas of western and central Victoria during Sunday morning with peak gusts there and about the coast increasing to 100 km/h with gusts increasing to 110 km/h about elevated areas in the east.

Rainfall rates over eastern Victoria have now eased and the Severe Weather Warning for HEAVY RAINFALL is now CANCELLED. Rainfall totals of around 25 to 50mm with peak totals of 80mm were recorded overnight through central Victoria.

A flood warning is current for the Campaspe River, Goulburn River, Seven and Castle Creek, Bunyip River, Yarra River and the Watts River.

A Flood Watch is current for the parts of Northeast and Central Victoria.

Locations which may be affected include Warrnambool, Ballarat, Geelong, Melbourne, Wonthaggi and Bacchus Marsh.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Be aware that trees that have been damaged by heat or fire may be unstable and more likely to fall when it is windy or wet.
* 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.