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 10:34 am Sunday, 19 December 2021.
VERY STRONG NORTHWESTERLY WINDS ABOUT VICTORIA'S RANGES

Weather Situation: A strong cold front will move rapidly eastwards across Victoria today, moving off the east coast in the evening.
DAMAGING NORTHWESTERLY WINDS averaging 60 to 80 km/h with DESTRUCTIVE peak gusts of 130 km/h are expected about the eastern ranges.
Winds are expected to ease below warning threshold by this evening.

In addition, damaging wind gusts associated with thunderstorms are possible across much of the remainder of Victoria, including the Melbourne metropolitan area. See www.bom.gov.au/vic/warnings/ for details.

Locations which may be affected include Gelantipy, Bonang, Mt Baw Baw, Falls Creek, Mt Hotham and Mt Buller.

Strongest gusts so far today:
135km/h Mt Buller at 10:30am
124km/h Mt Hotham at 10:25am
94km/h Falls Creek at 10:18am

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.