THE Bureau of Metrology says the south-west should brace for damaging winds later today.
The bureau issued a severe weather warning for damaging winds for people in the Wimmera, North Central, North East, South West, Central, West and South Gippsland and East Gippsland forecast districts yesterday afternoon.
A sheep graziers warning and a floodwatch for the Hopkins and Glenelg Rivers are also active.
An intense low pressure system developing over the Southern Ocean will pass to the south of Tasmania tonight night with an associated cold front expected to cross Victoria during Sunday.
Damaging winds of 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts around 100 km/h are expected today.
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.
For emergency help in floods and storms, call the SES on 132 500.
Eight roads in the Portland area remain closed due to flooding according to the VicRoads website.
Sergeant Sean Elliott said the worst affected was Bridgewater Road with three metres of the road taken down.
He said the road would be closed for some time.
Sergeant Elliott said McIntyre Road and Kerr Road also suffered significant damage.
Police and the State Emergency Service have been holding meetings with Portland residents to prepare for a rough 72 hours ahead.
SES spokesman Stefan Delatovic said the service was knocking on neighbourhood doors and warning people about the impending rain and strong winds.
"There's been a lot of rain in Portland earlier in the week, and SES put sandbags on eight properties. Water has crept into some backyards, and water levels have remained high," Mr Delatovic said.
The real danger period for both Portland and Victoria in general, however, will be Sunday evening, when wind gusts are forecast to reach 100km/h.
Mr Delatovic said the fierce winds are expected to create large waves along the coast, potentially reaching 11 metres.
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