Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 10:37 am Friday, 6 September 2019.

Strong winds this afternoon and Saturday

Weather Situation: A strong cold front will reach southwestern Victoria by the afternoon before crossing the remainder of the State during the afternoon and early evening. An associated low pressure system will deepen over Bass Strait tonight.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 50 to 60 km/h with peak gusts of around 90 km/h are possible in northwestern Victoria early FRIDAY afternoon, easing in the late afternoon or evening. Significant areas of raised dust are likely with strong winds.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of 100 km/h are also expected to develop about western coastal parts and elevated areas in the southwest district (above 500 metres) from mid afternoon FRIDAY, before extending to Central and West Gippsland coastal parts FRIDAY evening.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 80 km/h with peak gusts to 110 km/h are expected to develop over Alpine areas (above 1200 metres) and through remaining parts of Gippsland SATURDAY morning. Wind gusts could reach 120 km/h along the far east of the East Gippsland coast.

Blizzard conditions are possible about the Alps from FRIDAY evening onward.

Winds are expected to ease throughout in the west during tonight, but winds are likely to remain strong in eastern parts until SATURDAY evening.

Locations which may be affected include Mildura, Warrnambool, Traralgon, Moe, Bairnsdale and Orbost.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Move vehicles under cover or away from trees;
* Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony;
* Keep clear of fallen power lines;