A severe weather warning has been issued for much of the state, including the Wimmera, as extreme winds approach the area.
Wind gusts up to 110km/h are possible above 500m elevation on Saturday, with winds to average 50km/h to 70 km/h.
Winds are likely to ease below warning thresholds in western/central parts on Saturday evening, but will continue in the Eastern Ranges during Sunday.
Locations which may be affected include Horsham, Warrnambool, Maryborough, Ballarat, Geelong, Melbourne and Traralgon.
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.
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