A severe weather warning has been issued for most of the state this morning as a front moves in from the west. (Issued 10:52am, Sat 5th Dec, 2020)
Damaging wind gusts up to 110 km/h are expected with average winds expected to be 50-70 km/h in elevated areas above 500m.
In lower areas, (under 500m), winds are expected to average 40-60 km/h with gusts up to 100 km/h.
Thunderstorms are possible this afternoon.
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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