A DAMAGING winds warning has been issued for parts of central Victoria.
The Bureau of Meteorology warned winds averaging between 60km/h to 70km/h - with peak gusts of 90km/h to 100km/h - were expected to hit the region on Saturday evening.
Kyneton, Ararat, and Daylesford were among the areas that would be affected.
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The bureau also warned there could be thunderstorms and heavy rains across much of the state, including Greater Bendigo.
The State Emergency Service advised 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
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