Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 11:45 am Thursday, 6 August 2020.

Damaging winds over parts of elevated and southern Victoria

Weather Situation: Strong east to northeasterly flow around the southern flank of an inland low is directing significant winds across elevated parts of the northeast, extending towards the southwest later.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 50 to 70 km/h, with peak gusts of around 90 to 100 km/h at higher elevations, are expected to develop about the Alpine peaks from late morning on Friday, and extend to southwestern parts of Victoria during the afternoon, reaching the Grampians by mid to late afternoon.

Winds are expected to gradually ease overnight into Saturday, but may persist about the southwest coast until mid to late morning on Saturday.

Locations which may be affected include Warrnambool, Portland, Geelong, Frankston, Falls Creek and Mt Buller.

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.