BALLARAT is continuing to recover from the damaging winds that swept through the area on Wednesday.
The SES was still receiving calls for help yesterday as more consequences from the weather were discovered.
SES spokesperson Catherine Ogata said they’d had many calls since the wind picked up speed.
“We had people out working until 1.30 am on Thursday morning, and then we continued to receive calls throughout the day,” she said.
SES crews were still out on the road until mid-afternoon yesterday.
“There have been a lot of trees down on roads, over driveways and in yards,” Ms Ogata said
Wind reached speeds of more than 100 km/h in Ballarat on Wednesday night.
Across the state, the clean-up continues and Victorians are being warned to brace for more wild weather and plummeting temperatures today.
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for damaging wind gusts for today, when a cold front will affect the state.
Senior forecaster Kevin Parkyn said today’s wind could rival Wednesday’s, with peak gusts of 100–120km/h.
The fierce blast of windy weather across Victoria tore off roofs, uprooted trees, triggered power outages, and even claimed the life of an elderly driver.
State Emergency Service (SES) chief operations officer Trevor White said that by last night he had expected the SES to have received close to 3500 calls for assistance over 48 hours.
“We would expect to see more trees down and more building damage (today).”
At its peak, the wind reached 141km/h at Mt Buller.
The wild blast led to a car crash that killed a man in his 70s about 10.30pm on Wednesday.
Police said the driver died after failing to avoid a large tree that had been brought down across Mt Macedon Road.