Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 10:48 am Saturday, 17 July 2021.

DAMAGING WIND GUSTS IN THE WEST

Weather Situation: A low pressure system is passing south of Tasmania. An associated trough is crossing Victoria today.

In Western Victoria, DAMAGING WESTERLY WINDS averaging 40-60km/h with gusts of up to 90km/h are possible today. Peak gusts will most likely be associated with showers and thunderstorms.

Winds are expected to ease below warning threshold early this afternoon.

Locations which may be affected include Mildura, Ouyen, Swan Hill, Walpeup, Horsham and Warracknabeal.

The strongest gusts recorded so far:

- 83 km/h at Cape Nelson at 12:23am

- 80 km/h at Portland at 1:10am

- 70 km/h at Swan Hill at 10:26am

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.