Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 10:13 am Sunday, 4 July 2021.

DAMAGING WINDS ON SUNDAY

Weather Situation: A low pressure system will cross Bass Strait today.

DAMAGING WEST TO NORTHWESTERLY WINDS, averaging 50 to 60 km/h with peak gusts of 90km/h, are likely to develop about the warning area from late Sunday morning.

DAMAGING WINDS are most likely with showers and thunderstorms.

Winds are likely to tend westerly and ease below the warning threshold from the west during the late afternoon and evening.

Locations which may be affected include Wonthaggi, Rosebud, Yarram, Falls Creek, Mt Hotham and Mt Buller.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* 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.
* Be aware - heat, fire or recent storms may make trees unstable and more likely to fall when it's windy or wet.
* Check that loose items, such as outdoor settings, umbrellas and trampolines are safely secured. 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.
* Stay away from fallen powerlines - always assume they are live.
* Be aware that in fire affected areas, rainfall run-off into waterways may contain debris such as ash, soil, trees and rocks. Heavy rainfall may also increase the potential for landslides and debris across roads.
* Stay informed: Monitor weather warnings, forecasts and river levels at the Bureau of Meteorology website, and warnings through VicEmergency website/app/hotline.