THE Grampians has experienced some of the strongest gusts across the state.
The State Emergency Service recorded wind speeds of up to 117 kilometres an hour at Mt William before noon on Thursday.
Mt Hotham received the strongest wind gusts, recording 132kmh.
The State Emergency Service warned damaging winds of 60 to 70kmh, with peak gusts of up to 110kmh, were forecast for the Wimmera and Mallee.
Hail and snow are also predicted in some parts of the state.
Heavy showers and thunderstorms are forecast for Friday.
The potential effect of this severe weather might include:
- Building damage
- Fallen power lines
- Fallen trees and branches
- Dangerous road conditions
What you should do:
- Act quickly - conditions can change rapidly
- Check that loose items such as outdoor settings, umbrellas and trampolines are safely secured
- Stay indoors and away from windows
- Park your car undercover and away from trees
- Keep clear of fallen trees and power lines
- Be prepared for power outages
- If it is safe to do so, check that gutters, downpipes and drains are not blocked
- For flood or storm emergency assistance from SES call 132 500
- For life threatening emergencies call Triple Zero