Homes have been damaged after huge winds gusts described as a "mini-tornado" ripped through Ararat overnight.
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Several homes, sheds and the local Mitre 10 store have been damaged.
The mini-tornado hit about 7.40pm, with the central street of McLellan Street worst hit.
Trees were uprooted and the sports clubrooms at Kokoda Park were also damaged.
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 building damage.
No one was injured, but power lines came down and caused a blackout.
Ararat mayor Ian Wilson said some areas were still without power.
"It's a whole range of damage," he told radio station 3AW.
"We've had tiles blown of roofs and a fair bit of fencing has been knocked down."
The State Emergency Service responded to 80 calls for help across Victoria overnight as several intense storm cells moved across the state.
In Ballarat, 21mm of rain has fallen since 2pm yesterday, with recorded winds of up to 52km/h.
The SES responded to calls from three households who reported leaking ceilings because of the heavy rain.
With THE AGE