Damaging winds overnight

Locations that may be affected include Castlemaine and Kyneton.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a warning for damaging winds developing about elevated terrain from this evening.

A strong cold front will enter the west of the state late on Tuesday, bringing a vigorous north to northwesterly flow.

Showers and thunderstorms are likely along the front, as well as in northwesterly winds in its wake.

The front will continue to move east overnight, reaching the southeastern districts during Wednesday morning.

Damaging winds averaging 65 km/h with peak gusts of around 100km/h are possible over the Grampians and parts of the central ranges from late Tuesday.

Damaging winds are expected to extend east across the central and eastern ranges overnight on Tuesday and during Wednesday morning.

Winds will be temporarily easing from the west during Wednesday afternoon, as another burst of vigorous winds could affect the state from late Wednesday.

Locations that may be affected include Castlemaine and Kyneton.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:

* 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.

* Be aware – heat, fire or recent storms may make trees unstable and more likely to fall when it’s windy or wet.

* Check that loose items, such as outdoor settings, umbrellas and trampolines are safely secured. 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.

* 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 website/app/hotline.