Wild weather, heavy winds hit the region in full force

WILD winds wreaked havoc in Ballarat on Sunday night and Monday morning, leaving hundreds of residents without power and dozens more reporting fallen trees and building damage.

A severe weather warning was issued to Ballarat as Mid West SES crews were called out to clear up trees that had fallen across roads, driveways and into residential properties. 

SES Mid West duty officer Peter Campbell said sections of the Midland Highway, Canadian Lakes Boulevard, Melbourne Road and Nash Road in Buninyong had been hit by fallen trees as powerful winds reaching speeds of more than 80km/h ploughed through the region. 

Maddy Martin and Chelsea Stater rug up to combat the cold in a stroll around Lake Wendouree on Monday.

Maddy Martin and Chelsea Stater rug up to combat the cold in a stroll around Lake Wendouree on Monday.

Mr Campbell said officers were called out to a house in Wendouree early Monday morning after a roller door was ripped from its hinges and to a house in Buninyong, where parts of corrugated iron roof on a residential property had dislodged.

He said early on Monday afternoon crews had been called out to a house in Sebeastopol where tiles had been thrown off the roof of a house, leaving a large a hole and damaged television aerial. 

Sebastopol and Ballarat residents were also left without power after wild weather lashed the region on Monday morning. 

About 153 Powercor customers lost power after a high voltage fuse blew in Albert Street in Sebastopol at 3.47am. 

Powercor spokesman Lyall Johnson said 12 customers in Boustead Street were also without power after a high-voltage fuse blew at 7.36am.

Mr Johnson said Ballarat’s wild weather overnight contributed to the outages. 

He said a fallen tree branch or power lines coming into contact could have caused the outage. 

Weatherzone meteorologist Max Gonzalez said winds reached peaks of more than 80 km/h at midnight on Sunday and continued at this speed until 6am Monday morning.

He said winds were still at 60kmh at 1pm on Monday and expected to rise again to 70kmh late Monday night before easing on Tuesday morning.

Mr Gonzalez said weather in Ballarat had been unseasonably warm but a cold front was pushing through, meaning temperatures would reach no more than 10 degrees daily for the rest of the week.

“Strong winds in Ballarat are also making the temperatures feel at least three or four degrees cooler than it actually is,” he said.

“This is the windiest week we have experienced in Ballarat since last winter.”

He said along with unseasonably milder conditions in June, rainfall was also down.

“There would usually be about 63 millimetres of rain in Ballarat in June, but at the moment there has only been about 43mm,” he said.

Mr Gonzalez said another severe weather warning is expected for parts of regional Victoria including Ballarat over the weekend, with extreme winds and a cold front expected to hit again on Friday night.




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