A cold front has established a vigorous westerly airstream across Victoria that will continue into Thursday.
Damaging westerly winds, averaging 50 to 60 km/h with peak gusts to 90 km/h are possible across coastal parts of the warning area as well as the Grampians at first on Thursday.
Damaging westerly winds with peak gusts to 90 km/h are expected to extend further inland over the southwest during Thursday afternoon, while also developing over the eastern ranges and parts of Gippsland.
Peak gusts of 100 km/h are possible over Alpine areas, above 1200 metres elevation.
The Bureau of Meteorology has also issued a sheep graziers warning for parts of the Wimmera on Thursday. Cold temperatures, showers and strong westerly winds are expected.
Wind gusts are expected to ease below 90 km/h over western and central parts of the warning area later on Thursday, with the risk of damaging winds contracting to the eastern ranges by Thursday night.
The State Emergency Service advises that people should move vehicles under cover or away from trees, secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony and keep clear of fallen power lines.
To keep up to date with all warnings, head to the Bureau of Meteorology website at bom.gov.au
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