The big news from overnight is the wild winds and driving rain felt all over the region, but especially in Ararat.
At about 7.30pm, fierce winds ripped through the town, damaging buildings and bringing down fences and power lines.
The winds have been described as a "mini tornado".
In Ballarat, 21mm of rain has fallen since 2pm yesterday, with recorded winds of up to 52km/h.
Today's weather is expected to be wet, cloudy and reach a top of 13 degrees.
A reasonably busy night for the SES with 10 jobs throughout the region.
Crews responded to reports of eight buildings damaged in Ararat when a mini tornado swept through the town at 7.30pm.
SES mid west duty officer John Hooper said the town's Mitre 10 store had the roof of its timber yard blown off, while part of a roof was damaged at a hall.
He said other jobs included trees down into yards and several other calls for help with minor building damage.
In Ballarat, the SES responded to calls from three households who reported leaking ceilings because of the heavy rain.
Fire crews made a great save when they forced their way into a smoking Jacksons and Co building in the Ballarat CBD last night.
The entire top floor of the newly renovated building at the corner of Lydiard and Mair streets was smoke-filled, after a large pot was left on a stove all night.
A passer-by working at the Regent Cinemas smelled smoke at around 12.30am and alerted authorities, who had to force their way inside the building.
Fire crews from Ballarat City Fire Birgade were at the scene quickly and managed to break their way in to save the building, but said it was lucky the call didn't come later than it did.
Ballarat police have again called for witnesses to vandalism which ocurred at the Ballarat New Cemetery earlier this month.
On October 4, police found 16 damaged gravesites after a visitor reported a large number of taps left running at the site.
The vandals targeted the Bird Song area of the cemetery between 3.00pm and 4.00pm.
A group of teenagers were reportedly seen leaving the cemetery through the pedestrian gate to Norman Street shortly after the damage was done.
Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.