Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 4:51 pm Friday, 14 May 2021.

GUSTY WINDS ABOUT SOUTHERN VICTORIA OVERNIGHT AND ON SATURDAY

Weather Situation: A strong west to southwesterly airstream will persists over the coming days as a series of cold fronts move over Victoria.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 50 to 60 km/h with peak gusts of around 90 km/h are possible about the western and central coastal fringe, and about the Otways and Strzelecki ranges and the elevated terrain west of Melbourne, late Friday evening and early Saturday morning. Damaging winds may also extend to far eastern Victoria from mid-morning Saturday.

Damaging wind gusts are most likely between around 11pm to 4am about the west coast, and between 1am and 6am about the central and West Gippsland coasts. In the far east the highest risk period is between 9am and 3pm.

Damaging gusts will be most likely associated with showers or thunderstorms.

Locations which may be affected include Warrnambool, Portland, Geelong, Wonthaggi, Bacchus Marsh and Mallacoota.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* 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.
* Be aware - heat, fire or recent storms may make trees unstable and more likely to fall when it's windy or wet.
* Check that loose items, such as outdoor settings, umbrellas and trampolines are safely secured. 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.
* Stay away from fallen powerlines - always assume they are live.
* Be aware that in fire affected areas, rainfall run-off into waterways may contain debris such as ash, soil, trees and rocks. Heavy rainfall may also increase the potential for landslides and debris across roads.
* Stay informed: Monitor weather warnings, forecasts and river levels at the Bureau of Meteorology website, and warnings through VicEmergency website/app/hotline.