Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 10:09 pm Thursday, 4 August 2022.

Damaging winds possible about the Otways and western coast as well as the Alps overnight.

Weather Situation: a complex low-pressure system to the south is driving strong winds across parts of the state.

DAMAGING WINDS with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h are possible about the Otway ranges and western coast, particularly in showers, as well as the Victorian Alps overnight tonight. Damaging gusts easing during Friday morning.

Locations which may be affected include Warrnambool, Portland, Lorne, Mt Baw Baw, Falls Creek, Mt Hotham, Mt Buller and Omeo.

Wind gusts to 94 km/h have been recorded at Mt Buller at 9:41pm.

Wind gusts to 93 km/h have been recorded at Mt Gellibrand at 7:58pm.

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.