AREAS west of Bendigo including Maryborough are expected to be buffeted by strong and gusty winds.
The winds are coming ahead of and with a strong cold front.
Winds averaging 50 to 70km/hour with peak gusts of 90km/hour are expected over northwestern and central parts of the state and are more likely over elevated areas.
Squalls up to 90km/hour and possible thunderstorms are also expected.
Strong winds are expected into Thursday morning in some areas.
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.
PARTS of central Victoria are expected to be hit with damaging winds on Wednesday.
Winds averaging between 50 to 70 kilometres an hour will push through the state on Wednesday morning, the Bureau of Meteorology said.
Thunderstorms could also come with the cold front, the bureau said, although the winds should ease within a few hours.
Maryborough, Castlemaine, and Kyneton are among the places that could be hit.
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The State Emergency Service warned trees that have been damaged by heat or fire could be unstable and were more likely to fall when it was windy or wet.
The SES advised people to check loose items were secured, and move vehicles under cover or away from trees.
People should also stay indoors and away from windows, avoid dangerous hazards like floodwater, and stay away from fallen power lines.
Residents could monitor weather warnings, forecasts and river levels at the Bureau of Meteorology website or the VicEmergency website and app.
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