Trees Down, Power Out As High Winds Sweep Victoria
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.