Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 10:17 am Tuesday, 22 September 2020.

SQUALLY CONDITIONS FOR SOUTHERN AND MOUNTAIN VICTORIA TODAY

Weather Situation: A cold front will cross Victoria today.

DAMAGING NORTHWESTERLY WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of around 90 to 100 km/h about elevated areas (above 500m) of the warning area today.

DAMAGING SQUALLY WINDS averaging 40 to 60 km/h with peak squalls to 100 km/h are possible about remaining parts of the warning area, most likely with the passage of the front or associated with showers and thunderstorms.

Winds will ease below warning threshold within an hour or two of the passage of the cold front although only gradually ease across Alpine areas later tonight or early Wednesday morning.

Locations which may be affected include Warrnambool, Ballarat, Geelong, Melbourne, Traralgon and Moe.

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.