UPDATE 11AM: Central Victoria is experiencing a strengthening northerly flow ahead of an approaching cold front which will cross the state overnight and Wednesday morning.
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued an updated statement, reading as follows:
"Northerly winds increasing to 45 to 60 km/h late Tuesday afternoon and evening and averaging up to 70 km/h on the higher ranges with peak gusts mainly around 90 km/h but up to 100 km/h over elevated areas are forecast for parts of the Wimmera, North Central, South West, Central and over Alpine parts of the Northeast and West and South Gippsland forecast districts. These winds will ease from the west on Wednesday morning."
The State Emergency Service advises that people should move vehicles under cover or away from trees, secure or put away loose items around the house, yard and balcony, and keep clear of fallen power lines.
For emergency help in floods and storms, ring the SES on 132 500.
EARLIER: Central Victorians are being told to brace for damaging winds on Tuesday, with a severe weather warning issued for parts of the state.
Winds of 40 to 50 km/h with peak gusts of up to 100 km/h are forecast to hit the Wimmera, north central, south west, central and west and South Gippsland as a cold front approaches the west.
Bendigo itself is not in the affected area, but winds are forecast for towns south and south-west of the regional city. To see which forecast district you are in, click here.
The Bureau of Meteorology said northerly winds would pick up in the late morning, with the strongest gusts expected in the afternoon.
“The northerly winds will strengthen a fair bit,” duty forecaster Stephen King said.
“[But] it’s not going to be anything like what we had two weeks ago.
"This one’s not going to be as widespread or as long lived.”
Bendigo is in for a top of 13 degrees with a possible shower this morning. For more weather, click here.
The State Emergency Service is advising residents to move vehicles under cover, secure loose items around the house and keep clear of fallen power lines.
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