THE worst of Monday night’s storm damage missed Ballarat although the State Emergency Service had a busy night.
The SES responded to 2667 call outs across Victoria yesterday, with 2413 of them in Melbourne.
There were more than 50 requests for help yesterday in the Ballarat region, meanwhile, the majority involving fallen trees.
“North-west Victoria towards Swan Hill, Kerang and Rochester was worst hit, with Melbourne also impacted,” SES Grampians region operations manager Peter Keppel said.
“Ballarat missed the brunt of it. The majority were for trees down, mainly over roads. There were also 20 call outs for building damage, which might include trees falling on buildings and roofs lifting.”
One of the more unusual calls, according to Mr Keppel, was for a trampoline seen flying around in the Bacchus Marsh cemetery.
Another property in Maddingley Park suffered roof damage when an unsecured trampoline lifted and hit the building.
Mr Keppel said trampolines were a hazard during storms and warned they needed to be properly secured in the event of high winds.
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for this afternoon, with damaging winds averaging 50km/h to 60km/h and peak gusts of up to 100km/h forecast for most parts of the state, including the south-west and west districts.
The bureau also issued a sheep graziers alert for today, with low temperatures, showers and strong west to northwesterly winds expected in some parts of the state’s west.
The warning said there is a high risk of losses of lambs and sheep exposed to these conditions.
The SES emergency phone number is 132 500.