THE Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe weather warning for damaging winds for people in the Grampians region.
Winds averaging 50 to 70km/h are expected to develop later this morning, and extend to central and southwestern parts of Victoria during the afternoon, reaching the Grampians by mid to late afternoon.
Higher elevations may experience peak gusts of up to 100km/h.
Winds are expected to gradually ease overnight into Saturday, but may persist about the southwest coast until mid to late morning on Saturday.
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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.
Residents are also advised to check loose items, such as outdoor settings, umbrellas and trampolines, are safely secured and move vehicles under cover or away from trees.
If driving conditions are dangerous, safely pull over away from trees, drains, low-lying areas and floodwater. Avoid travel if possible.
Stay informed by monitoring weather warnings, forecasts and river levels at the Bureau of Meteorology website, and warnings through VicEmergency.
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