A severe weather warning has been issues for Victoria overnight.
Destructive winds will strengthen on Thursday night and Friday ahead of a cold front which will reach southwest Victoria Friday afternoon central Victoria Friday night and eastern Victoria early Saturday morning.
Locations which may be affected include Horsham, Warrnambool, Seymour, Maryborough, Ballarat, Geelong and Melbourne.
Alpine areas will be hit the hardest – averaging 80 to 90 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 125 km/h are expected to develop over Alpine areas above 1500 metres Friday morning and will persist during Friday afternoon - then will gradually ease overnight.
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.