Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 4:32 pm Thursday, 18 November 2021.

Strong and gusty winds over southern and mountain districts on Thursday.

Weather Situation: A low pressure trough over western Victoria will reach central districts later tonight before crossing eastern Victoria on Friday morning.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of around 90 km/h are possible about parts of southern and mountain Victoria, more likely about the ranges and elevated areas. This area includes the Dandenong Ranges, and the far northern suburbs of Melbourne.

Winds are expected to ease below warning threshold over western and central areas during Thursday night, then over the eastern ranges before dawn on Friday.

Locations which may be affected include Kyneton, Ballarat, Daylesford, Bacchus Marsh, and Falls Creek.

Severe weather is no longer occurring in the South West district and the warning for this district is CANCELLED.

Highest gusts reported so far today:

102km/h on Mt William

102km/h at Mt Gellibrand

89km/h at Warrnambool

87km/h at Sheoaks

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.