Source: Bureau of Meteorology
For people in Central, North Central, West and South Gippsland and parts of South West, Northern Country, North East and Wimmera Forecast Districts.
Issued at 10:38 pm Wednesday, 9 June 2021.
STRONG SOUTHERLY WINDS OVER VICTORIA.
Weather Situation: A low pressure system off the southern NSW coast is directing a strong south to southeasterly flow over Victoria
DESTRUCTIVE WIND GUSTS exceeding 125km/h are possible about the central highlands until around dawn Thursday morning, near the top of the dividing range, Mt Macedon and a short distance north of the divide.
Locations which may be affected include Kyneton, Daylesford and Seymour.
DAMAGING SOUTH to SOUTHEASTERLY WINDS, averaging 50 to 60 km/h with peak gusts of 100 km/h, are expected over remaining parts of the warning area, including the Melbourne metropolitan area.
Winds are likely to average 60 to 70 km/h tonight through to THURSDAY morning about the southern Gippsland coast, Port Phillip, the Gippsland Ranges and the Central Ranges, with peak gusts reaching around 110 km/h. Peak gusts about the ranges are expected to reach 120 km/h during the same period.
BLIZZARD conditions are possible about the alpine peaks late WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY morning.
Damaging winds will contract to southern parts of Gippsland and the Central Highlands during Thursday morning before easing below warning thresholds by early Thursday afternoon.
A separate Severe Weather Warning for Heavy Rainfall is also current for West and South Gippsland and parts of Central, North Central and North East Forecast Districts
Locations which may be affected include Melbourne, Bendigo, Seymour, Maryborough, Ballarat, Geelong and Traralgon.
Severe weather is no longer occurring in the East Gippsland district and the warning for this district is CANCELLED.
The strongest observed wind gusts since 9am (to 10:30pm) have been:
-124km/h at Hogan Island at 9:06pm
-119km/h at Puckapunyal at 10:01pm
-115km/h at Wilsons Prom at 9:37pm
-111km/h at Mt William at 11:51am
-109km/h at Mt Buller at 6:16pm
-104km/h at Kilmore Gap at 9:16pm
-96km/h at St Kilda at 8:49pm
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.
Source: Bureau of Meteorology