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 10:43 am Thursday, 2 September 2021.

STRONG AND GUSTY NORTHERLY WINDS THURSDAY AND FRIDAY

Weather Situation: Northerly winds will strengthen today as a cold front approaches from the west. The front will gradually cross Victoria during Friday and Saturday, with winds easing following the front.

DAMAGING NORTHERLY WINDS, averaging 50 to 60 km/h with peak gusts of around 90 km/h, are expected about western and central parts of the warning area this morning, extending to the eastern ranges later this afternoon.

Elevated peaks and southern aspects are most likely to be affected, and gusts about these areas are expected to reach up to 100 km/h. Peak gusts to 110 km/h are expected about the eastern ranges late tonight and during Friday.

In the Melbourne area, the northern suburbs and the Dandenongs are most likely to be impacted by damaging winds, with only a slight risk elsewhere. The periods of strongest winds are expected to be this afternoon and late tonight/early Friday morning.

The risk of damaging winds will ease from the west late tonight and early Friday morning, and is expected to be confined to the eastern ranges by dawn on Friday.

Locations which may be affected include Hamilton, Warrnambool, Portland, Ballarat, the Otways, Melbourne, the Dandenong and Yarra Ranges, Mt Buller, Mt Baw Baw, Mt Hotham and Falls Creek.

A wind gust of 115 km/h was recorded at Mount William at 8:17am.

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.