Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 4:08 pm Sunday, 14 November 2021.

Strong and gusty winds about Victorian coasts and alpine areas Sunday evening

Weather Situation: Strong west to southwesterly winds in the wake of a cold front crossing Victoria during Sunday.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of around 90 km/h are likely along the southwest coast, the Bass Coast, and over the Victorian Alps from late afternoon on Sunday, extending to the east Gippsland coast Monday morning. Peak gusts may reach around 100 km/h about the alpine area.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of around 90 km/h are possible about parts of the Dandenong ranges and some bayside suburbs on Sunday evening.

Winds are expected to ease from western and central areas in the early hours of Monday morning, then ease in the east during the day on Monday.

Locations which may be affected include Warrnambool, Portland, Wonthaggi, Frankston, and Falls Creek.

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.