Ararat residents are today continuing the clean-up following Tuesday night's freak storm, which damaged a number of buildings and cased tens of thousands of dollars damage.
Locals were lucky that the "mini tornado" that cut through the south-west of Victoria did not wreak more havoc, a hardware store owner caught in the storm has said.
Mitre 10 Ararat store owner Simon Jones has lost a roller door, iron from his timber yard roof and has a damaged fence, but he says the damage could have been much worse in the small city.
"It's a fairly narrow area that it has hit – only about 500 metres or a bit more, but there is quite a bit of damage there," Mr Jones said.
"Unfortunately our building is in that narrow area, but it included a football oval. The old change rooms have quite a bit of damage, but if it was all houses there instead it could have been worse," he said.
No one was injured, but power lines came down and caused a blackout.
Mr Jones, who is not the owner of the hardware store building, said he expected the bill to be in excess of $15,000.
The State Emergency Service received 10 calls in the Ararat area at 7.45pm after the storm hit.
Several homes and sheds were also damaged. The central street of McLellan Street was the worst hit.
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 off roofs and a fair bit of fencing has been knocked down."
SES mid west duty officer Tony Grim said crews were still cleaning up in Ararat late yesterday afternoon.
The homeowners themselves will be cleaning up a lot longer than that.