Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For Central, South West, North Central, North East, West and South Gippsland and parts of East Gippsland, Northern Country and Wimmera Forecast Districts.

Issued at 4:45 pm Tuesday, 5 September 2017.

Weather Situation: A trough embedded within a vigorous west to northwesterly flow will move over Victoria this afternoon and evening bringing gusty showers and possible thunderstorms.

DAMAGING west to northwesterly winds of 50 to 60 km/h with gusts of 90 to 100 km/h are possible with showers and thunderstorms over coastal parts of the Southwest, Central and West and South Gippsland districts. Similar strength winds and gusts are also expected over Alpine parts of the Northeast and Gippsland districts.

Localised DAMGING WINDS with gusts to around 90 km/h associated with showers are possible for remaining parts of the warning area.

The risk of DAMAGING WINDS is forecast to contract to the coastal fringe and the Alpine region during the evening as the trough moves eastward, before contracting to the far east of the State during Wednesday morning.

Locations most likely to be affected include Portland, Warrnambool, Colac, Wonthaggi and the Alpine resorts.

The highest wind gusts recorded during Tuesday include:

- 106 km/h at Wilsons Promontory

- 102 km/h at Cape Otway

- 98 km/h at Mt Gellibrand

- 89 km/h at Cape Nelson

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;