Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 10:55 am Wednesday, 2 September 2020.

DAMAGING WINDS WEDNESDAY

Weather Situation: A series of cold fronts will move over Victoria in the coming days.

DAMAGING NORTH TO NORTHWESTERLY WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of around 100 km/h are likely across elevated areas of the warning area and possible over remaining parts of the warning area today, with gusts to 110 km/h possible above 1500m elevation.

DAMAGING WINDS will contract east during the day, easing below warning threshold in the west by early afternoon, central districts by late afternoon but persisting across elevated areas in the east into Wednesday evening.

Locations which may be affected include Kyneton, Ballarat, Melbourne, Wonthaggi, Bacchus Marsh and Falls Creek.

Strongest wind gust so far:

100km/h at Mt William at 3:36am

94km/h at Mount Hotham at 8:45am

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.