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Severe weather warning

By Geoff Adams

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a warning for damaging winds for people in Central, Mallee, South West, Northern Country, North Central, West and South Gippsland, Wimmera and parts of East Gippsland and North East Forecast Districts.

IA cold front will cross Victoria today. Northerly winds are expected to increase ahead of the front, then shift west to northwesterly following the front.

DAMAGING NORTHERLY WINDS averaging 50 to 60km/h with peak gusts of 90 to 100 km/h are forecast to develop over the warning area by early afternoon Tuesday. Heavy showers and thunderstorms may also produce gusts of around 100 km/h.

DAMAGING WINDS averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of 120km/h are likely over Alpine areas (above 1000 metres elevation).

DAMAGING WINDS are expected to ease from the west later today.

Locations which may be affected include Horsham, Warrnambool, Bendigo, Seymour, Maryborough, Ballarat, Geelong, Melbourne and Traralgon and all Alpine Resorts.

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;
* Keep clear of fallen power lines;
The next Severe Weather Warning will be issued by 5 pm Tuesday.