Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 10:13 am Monday, 7 September 2020.

Weather Situation:
Northerly winds increasing ahead of a cold front expected to move across Victoria on Tuesday.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 50 to 60 km/h with peak gusts of around 100 km/h are possible over western and central Victoria, extending to eastern parts of the warning area this evening. Winds at low elevations are expected to ease slightly for a period this afternoon before increasing again this evening.

DAMAGING WINDS are forecast to ease below the warning threshold over the South West and Wimmera districts by dawn on Tuesday, central districts by noon Tuesday and eastern districts by late Tuesday afternoon.

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

In the last hour, the strongest wind gusts recorded at 98km/h at Mt William, with 74 km/h at Mt Hotham, 67 at Ben Nevis and 65 at Ballarat and Cape Otway.

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.