Thursday: Westerly 30/40 knots. Seas: 4 metres. Swell: Westerly below 1 metre. Weather: Heavy rain at first this evening. The chance of thunderstorms and possible hail. Friday: Westerly 20/30 knots, reaching 35 knots early in the morning, decreasing to 15/25 knots in the middle of the day turning south to southwesterly 15/20 knots in the early afternoon. Seas: 3/4 metres, decreasing to 2 metres around midday. Swell: Westerly 1/1.5 metres. Weather: Isolated thunderstorms during the morning with possible hail, more frequent about Franklin Sound. Outlook Saturday: West to southwesterly 15/20 knots decreasing to about 10 knots in the evening. Seas: 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the afternoon. Swell: Westerly around 1 metre. Outlook Sunday: Westerly about 10 knots increasing to 15/20 knots during the morning. Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1/1.5 metres about Banks Strait during the afternoon. Swell: Westerly below 1 metre.Issued Thu 17:47 EST
18:00 EST Destructive and damaging winds are sweeping across Victoria, bringing down trees and powerlines and cutting electricity to thousands of properties.