Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 4:42 pm Wednesday, 2 September 2020.
DAMAGING WINDS WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY

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 the central and eastern parts of the warning area above 600m in elevation this evening, with gusts to 110 km/h possible above 1500m elevation.

DAMAGING WINDS will ease through central areas by early Wednesday evening and contract to Alpine areas (above 1200m in elevation) overnight, almost easing below warning threshold by late Thursday morning.

DAMAGING NORTHWESTERLY WINDS averaging 60 to 70km/h with gusts to 110km/h will likely re-develop over Alpine areas (above 1200m in elevation) of eastern Victoria by Thursday afternoon.

SQUALLY WEST TO NORTHWESTERLY WINDS, averaging 50 to 60 km/h with gusts to 100 km/h are possible over western and central parts of the warning area above 600m in elevation from from Thursday morning, and also near the coast or associated with showers or thunderstorms as front moves through. This risk extends to remaining central areas indicated including much of the greater Melbourne area during Thursday afternoon.

DAMAGING WINDS are likely to rapidly ease away from the coast in the west and central districts following the front on Thursday, with the risk near the coast easing during Thursday evening and over Alpine areas early Friday morning.

Locations which may be affected include Warrnambool, Ballarat, Geelong, Melbourne, Wonthaggi and Bacchus Marsh.

Strongest wind gust so far:
100km/h at Mt William at 3:36am
94km/h at Mount Hotham at 8:45am and 4:21pm
91 km/h at Melbourne Airport at 1:29pm

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.