Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 4:48 pm Sunday, 19 July 2020.
Gusty west-northwesterly winds easing later tonight.

Weather Situation: A cold front over central Victoria will cross the remainder of the State tonight.
DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of around 100 km/h are expected over elevated (above 1200 metres) of eastern Victoria.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 50 to 60 km/h with peak gusts of around 90 km/h are expected over parts of southwestern Victoria, mainly elevated and coastal areas and most likely with showers and thunderstorms.
Winds across all warning areas are expected to ease below warning threshold later tonight.

Locations which may be affected include Hamilton, Warrnambool, Portland, Ararat, Falls Creek and Mt Buller.

Strongest gusts to 4:50pm today include:
- Mount Gellibrand 95km/h at 03:41pm
- Mount William 89 km/h at 02:48pm
- Cape Nelson 89 km/h at 02:06pm

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.