Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 10:38 am Friday, 10 September 2021.

GUSTY NORTHERLY WINDS OVERNIGHT FRIDAY AND SATURDAY MORNING

Weather Situation: Northerly winds will strengthen ahead of a moderating westerly change expected to cross Victoria during Saturday.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of around 90 km/h are likely to develop about elevated parts (above 500m) of the warning area from the early hours of Saturday morning, most likely about the Alpine peaks (above 1200m).

DAMAGING WINDS, with peak gusts of around 90 km/h are also POSSIBLE about lower elevations through central and eastern parts in the early hours of Saturday morning (Including the northern suburbs of Melbourne).

Winds will moderate from the west during Saturday morning.

Locations which may be affected include Bacchus Marsh, Dargo, Mt Baw Baw, Falls Creek, Mt Hotham and Omeo.

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.