Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 4:40 pm Friday, 30 July 2021.

DAMAGING WINDS ABOUT THE RANGES FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

Weather Situation: A ridge of high pressure over Victoria will move east over the Tasman Sea tonight as a cold front approaches from the west.

DAMAGING NORTHERLY WINDS, averaging 50 to 60 km/h with peak gusts of around 90 km/h, are expected about the ranges within the warning area this evening and overnight tonight. Southern aspects of the ranges are most likely to be affected. Low lying areas in the central district not in the warning area, including Melbourne suburbs, are likely to see peak gusts of 70 to 80 km/h this evening and overnight tonight.

DAMAGING NORTHERLY WINDS over ALPINE AREAS (above 1200 metres), averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of 100 to 110 km/h, are likely to develop around midnight on Friday night.

Winds are expected to ease below warning thresholds in the west early Saturday morning, then ease over central and eastern areas later on Saturday.

Locations which may be affected include the Grampians, the Otway Ranges, Bacchus Marsh, the Dandenongs, Warburton, Mt Baw Baw, Falls Creek, Mt Hotham and Mt Buller.

Strongest wind gusts reported so far:

104km/h at Mt William at 2:02pm

85km/h at Melbourne Airport at 1:42pm

85km/h at Kilmore Gap at 2:34pm

83km/h at Mt Gellibrand at 12:21pm

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.