Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 4:09 pm Wednesday, 9 June 2021.
STRONG SOUTHERLY WINDS OVER VICTORIA.

Weather Situation: A low pressure system developing off the southern NSW coast will rapidly deepen near the East Gippsland coast on Wednesday night.
DAMAGING SOUTH to SOUTHEASTERLY WINDS, averaging 50 to 60 km/h with peak gusts of 100 km/h, will extend over central and eastern parts of the warning area during WEDNESDAY afternoon and evening, including the Melbourne metropolitan area. The strongest winds are expected overnight tonight.
Winds are likely to average 60 to 70 km/h overnight WEDNESDAY into THURSDAY 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 central highlands and western Alpine peaks 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 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.

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.