Source: Bureau of Meteorology
For people in parts of East Gippsland, North East and West and South Gippsland Forecast Districts.
Issued at 10:57 am Monday, 20 April 2020.
Strong northerly winds easing this afternoon.
Weather Situation: A cold front crossing Victoria today is resulting in a strong northerly airflow.
DAMAGING NORTHERLY WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of 90 to 100 km/h, are expected about elevated terrain (above 1000 metres) this morning but winds are expected to ease by early afternoon.
Locations which may be affected include Falls Creek, Mt Hotham and Omeo.
The strongest wind gusts recorded so far today are:
- 98 km/h at Mt William at 3.07am
96km/h Mt Hotham at 9.54am
85km/h at St Kilda 6.37am
The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Be aware that trees that have been damaged by heat or fire may be unstable and more likely to fall when it is windy or wet.
* Check that loose items such as outdoor settings, umbrellas and trampolines are safely secured and 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.
* 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.
* Stay away from fallen powerlines always assume they are live.
* Stay informed monitor weather warnings, forecasts and river levels at the Bureau of Meteorology website, and warnings through VicEmergency.