Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 10:57 am Friday, 3 September 2021.

STRONG AND GUSTY NORTHERLY WINDS

Weather Situation: Strong northerly winds ahead of a cold front moving from the west, gradually crossing Victoria during Friday and Saturday. Winds easing following the front.

DAMAGING NORTHERLY WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of around 100 km/h, are possible about the warning area. Elevated peaks and southern aspects are most likely to be affected.

The risk of damaging winds will ease from the west during the day, and winds are expected to ease below the warning threshold later tonight.

Locations which may be affected include the Yarra Ranges, Mt Buller, Mt Baw Baw, Mt Hotham and Falls Creek.

Severe weather is no longer occurring in the Central district and the warning for this district is CANCELLED.

Mount William recorded a wind gust of 115 km/h at 8:17am on Thursday. Other notable observations include wind gusts of 104 km/h at Mt Buller at 2:31am this morning, 91 km/h at Falls Creek at 4:18am this morning and 89 km/h at Mt Nowa Nowa at 9:58am this morning.

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.