IF Melbourne’s weather is described as “four seasons in one day”, Ballarat’s could almost be described as four seasons in an hour – or at least a morning.
Sunny patches, driving rain, gusty winds and eerie periods of calm – we had it all yesterday.
One of the downsides to all this variety is that clean-up crews are usually run off their feet. Yesterday was no exception as council workers, State Emergency Service volunteers and police were called to deal with trees over roads, branches over fences and plenty of traffic direction.
Just after 1pm, a large tree branch fell across Peel Street North, just up from the Post Office, hitting a ute which was unlucky enough to be parked next to the tree.
The branch was dealt with swiftly by council workers and a tow truck, while police provided traffic direction at the scene.
The road was completely blocked in both directions and traffic was diverted until the scene was clear.
SES midwest regional duty officer Gavin Kelly said despite the high winds Ballarat had a relatively quiet day compared to other centres, with 27 calls for assistance during the day.
He said most of those callouts were for fallen trees and building damage.
The SES however said that number could rise when people got home from work last night.
“We had the damage during they day which is obvious then when people come home from work we get a second wave of calls when they notice what’s happened,” Mr Kelly said.
Wind gusts have stayed consistently over 50 km/h since 6.23am and have nudged 70km/h at some stages.
Since last night, Ballarat has had 19.2 millimetres of rain.
The Bureau of Meteorology expects today to be mostly sunny with a few showers during the late afternoon and evening.
Anyone who needs assistance can call the SES on 132 500.