Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 5:02 pm Friday, 29 May 2020.
Strong northerly winds developing on Saturday.

Weather Situation: Northerly winds will strengthen during Saturday ahead of a cold front which will cross Victoria overnight.

DAMAGING NORTHERLY WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of around 90 km/h are expected to develop about western and central parts of the warning area early Saturday afternoon. Peak gusts to 100 km/h are possible about the Grampians, the Otways and the central ranges.

DAMAGING WINDS are expected to extend to the Alpine region by Saturday evening, with peak gusts to 115 km/h expected about the Alpine peaks late Saturday and early Sunday.
Winds are expected to ease from the west during Sunday morning.

Locations which may be affected include Hamilton, Portland, Ballarat, Daylesford, Mt Baw Baw, Mt Buller, Mt Hotham and Falls Creek.

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.