Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of South West and Wimmera Forecast Districts.

Issued at 11:00 am Tuesday, 8 June 2021.

STRONG SOUTHERLY WINDS OVER PARTS OF WESTERN VICTORIA ON WEDNESDAY MORNING.

Weather Situation: A low pressure system will deepen over central Bass Strait this afternoon before moving north over central Victoria during Wednesday morning.

DAMAGING SOUTHERLY WINDS, averaging 50 to 60 km/h with peak gusts of 90 to 100 km/h, are expected to develop about the southwest coastal fringe and elevated parts of the western ranges during the early hours of WEDNESDAY morning.

Locations which may be affected include Warrnambool, Portland, Apollo Bay and the Grampians.

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.