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Strong winds to hit Victoria once again

AAP logoAAP 19/10/2016 Helen Velissaris and Melissa Meehan

More wild winds are going to lash Victoria, with the state preparing for its third severe weather event in as many weeks.

Gusts are expected to reach up to 100km/h by Thursday night, with most parts of Victoria except east Gippsland and northern areas in the firing line.

From midnight to 8pm on Thursday, the SES had received 85 calls for assistance as the wind began to pick up.

"We've had a smattering of trees coming down across the state but nothing out of the ordinary," an SES spokesman told AAP.

Areas that may be affected by the severe weather include Horsham, Warrnambool, Seymour, Maryborough, Ballarat, Geelong and Melbourne.

The ferocity of the winds are expected to be similar to those experienced last weekend, which saw more than 1000 homes without power by Sunday morning.

Once the winds ease rain will hit Melbourne, with falls up to 25mm, the Bureau of Meteorology predicts.

The potential of rain has caused bureau to reissue flood watches for catchments in Greater Melbourne and other Victorian catchments.

The SES also warns with the regularity of rain and storms of late, the ground will be soft and might cause trees to topple over.

They have advised people to not park under trees and secure any loose items.

Earlier in the month, a woman died when a tree fell on her house and more than 100,000 homes lost power thanks to destructive winds.

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