Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Central, East Gippsland, Mallee, South West, Northern Country, North Central, North East, West and South Gippsland and Wimmera Forecast Districts.

Issued at 10:57 am Saturday, 14 April 2018.

A deep low pressure system will move to the south of Tasmania and direct a series of active cold fronts across Victoria over the next few days. The strongest of these cold fronts is currently moving across the southwest and will affect remaining parts of Victoria later this morning and during the afternoon.

DAMAGING winds of 45-60 km/h are likely across the State today, rising to 60-80 km/h in southern and mountain areas. Across the northern plains peak wind gusts of 90-100 km/h are possible while over southern and mountain areas peak wind gusts are expected to be between 100-110 km/h, reaching 120 km/h near the coast and over elevated areas. These peak wind gusts are most likely during the afternoon.

DESTRUCTIVE winds of 70-90 km/h with peak gusts of 130 km/h are possible about the Alpine peaks (above 1200 metres) during Saturday afternoon and early evening.

Thunderstorms are possible over most parts of the State during the day and could produce damaging wind gusts above 90 km/h.

Winds are expected to ease in most areas during Saturday evening although strong to gale force winds may persist about the coastal fringe and the Alpine region.

Locations which may be affected include Mildura, Horsham, Warrnambool, Bendigo, Shepparton, Seymour, Maryborough, Ballarat, Geelong, Melbourne, Wodonga, Wangaratta, Traralgon and Bairnsdale.

The highest wind gusts recorded to 11:00am Saturday have been:
- 108 km/h at Mt Gellibrand at 9:16am
- 106km/h at Cape Nelson at 7:31am
- 104 km/h at Mt Williams at 10:15am
- 101km/h at Aireys Inlet at 10:46am

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Move vehicles under cover or away from trees;
* Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony;
* Keep clear of fallen power lines;