Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 4:28 pm Sunday, 26 July 2020.

DAMAGING ALPINE WINDS ON MONDAY NIGHT

Weather Situation: A low pressure system off the coast of NSW will enhance southerly winds over Victoria during Monday and Tuesday.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 50 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of around 110 km/h are expected to develop late Monday over alpine areas.

Winds will strengthen on Monday evening, with the strongest gusts expected between midnight Monday and 0400 AEST Tuesday. The risk is expected to ease around dawn on Tuesday. Peak gusts are expected on exposed alpine peaks, generally limited to areas above 1300m elevation.

Locations which may be affected include Falls Creek and Mt Hotham.

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.