Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 10:42 am Thursday, 3 May 2018.

Northerly winds will become strong and gusty over parts of the State ahead of a cold front which will cross the State later today and early Friday morning.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of around 90 km/h are expected to develop about elevated areas of the State during today - developing over the far west and also Alpine areas from late morning and across the remainder of the area during the afternoon and evening.

Wind gusts over Alpine areas are likely to peak between 100-110km/h tonight.

Over lower lying areas within the warning area, isolated wind gusts around 90 km/h are possible during this afternoon and evening.

Whilst winds will largely ease over western Victoria during Thursday evening, isolated thunderstorms may still produce some strong wind squalls.

Locations which may be affected include Horsham, Warrnambool, Seymour, Maryborough, Ballarat, Geelong, Melbourne and Traralgon.

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;