Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 4:57 am Tuesday, 4 August 2020.

Strong and squally coastal winds developing Wednesday

Weather Situation: A complex low near Tasmania is expected to deepen to the east of Tasmania overnight and Wednesday morning before moving east to the Tasman Sea.

DAMAGING SOUTH to SOUTHWESTERLY WINDS, averaging 40 to 60 km/h with peak gusts of around 90 km/h are possible along the Central coasts from early Wednesday morning, most likely with showers or thunderstorms.

The risk of damaging winds is expected to gradually move east along the indicated areas of the coast later Wednesday morning and possibly extend inland across parts of Gippsland depending on the development of the low pressure system.

Moderation is expected in the winds across Central coasts during Wednesday morning and across the east by early Thursday as the low moves away.

Locations which may be affected include Wonthaggi, Rosebud, Tidal River and Orbost.

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.