Ballarat’s southern suburbs have experienced a mini-tornado with Delacombe and Sebastopol residents woken “by a freight train” of wind and rain early this morning.
The SES was called out to 10 incidents of fallen trees, building damage, flying trampolines and even a dislodged water tank as the storm ripped through about 2am.
In Sebastopol, a large water tank dislodged and rolled across the road before running into the adjacent home and in Wiltshire Lane, a trampoline became airborne collecting power lines before causing damage to a neighbouring home.
Police also attended to temporary fencing which blew onto Wiltshire Lane causing a traffic hazard.
Delacombe resident Chantell Penna said she and her husband were woken by a howling noise.
“It was like a freight train coming through,” Ms Penna said. “I thought for sure our roof was going to come off.
“And as quickly as it came, it disappeared again.”
Ms Penna said when she went outside to check on damage, she looked over a neighbours fence and saw a trampoline which had been thrown into a shed.
“We’re doing a few renovations and when we got up this morning, we had tiles everywhere,” she said.
“But the neighbours look like they’ll have to buy a new trampoline.”