Trees Down, Power Out As High Winds Sweep Vic­to­ria

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Dam­ag­ing winds have lashed Vic­to­ria overnight caus­ing black­outs and more dam­age to prop­er­ties al­ready af­fected by last week­end’s wild weather.

About 7000 prop­er­ties lost power af­ter high winds swept across the state for the sec­ond week­end in a row.

Af­fected ar­eas in­clude Box Hill, Tem­plestowe, Chum Creek and Toolangi, east of Melbourne. Wind gusts of up to 100 kilo­me­tres per hour hit the Dan­de­nongs while Melbourne Air­port recorded wind speeds of 93kph and in­ner-city sub­urbs ex­pe­ri­enced winds in the 80kph range. The State Emer­gency Ser­vice (SES) had more than 200 calls for help, mostly for fallen trees in Melbourne’s east and south-east­ern sub­urbs, in­clud­ing 45 re­ports of build­ing dam­age. Many of those prop­er­ties had al­ready un­der­gone tem­po­rary re­pairs af­ter last week’s deadly winds, which claimed the life of a woman from Mill­grove, east of Melbourne. SES spokesman David Baker said it was not sur­pris­ing those prop­er­ties were af­fected again. “We’ve had a lot of water, we’ve had a lot of wind over the last cou­ple of weeks, so trees are pretty weak­ened at the mo­ment. “Be­cause we have trees that are weak­ened from pre­vi­ous storm ac­tiv­ity it doesn’t take much to push them over,” Mr Baker said. Last Sun­day, thou­sands were left with­out power, more than 2800 trees were blown down and more than 1300 build­ings were dam­aged in winds of up to 110kph.

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