BALLARAT was blown into turmoil when winds of more than 90km/h buffeted the city yesterday.
The State Emergency Service had all hands on deck as they responded to more than 100 calls for assistance, as a deep low pressure system blew into Ballarat.
Victorian SES spokesperson Lachlan Quick said 60 trees fell across the region, blocking roads and taking down powerlines.
One of the most severe incidents saw the roof being torn from a shed at the Ballarat Showgrounds under powerful winds.
“We’re grateful there aren’t any serious injuries out there today,” Mr Quick said.
“Across the state we’ve got several hundred people working pretty solidly.
“Ballarat’s been the hardest hit. Wendouree got quite a bit of activity, and Mount Helen, Alfredton and Sebastopol.”
Ballarat police had to direct traffic at busy intersections when traffic lights went dark and trees over roads brought motorists to a halt.
A Ballarat police spokesperson said there were no reported car accidents.
"We're grateful there aren't any serious injuries."
Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Michael Efron said winds peaked at 2pm, with gusts of 91 km/h.
But he said the wild conditions were not particularly unusual for August, when deep low pressure systems moved to the coast.
“We saw winds really strengthen in Ballarat from around 10am with gusts to around 70km/h to 72km/h,” he said.
“We saw 80km/h gusts persisting.”
He predicted a blustery weekend on the way.
Mr Efron said winds should pick up again by this afternoon and in the early hours of tomorrow.
“There is rain as well,” he said.
“We’ll see one or two showers developing and even a short chance of a thunderstorm.”
Mr Efron said the temperature would fall sharply by Monday, with a couple of cold days to start the working week.
State Emergency Service advice
- Move vehicles under cover or away from trees
- Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard or balcony
- Keep clear of fallen power lines
- Don't drive, walk or ride through flood water
- Keep clear of creeks and storm drains
- For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your SES Unit on 132 500