SES kept busy as wild winds hit Ballarat on blustery day

WILD: The windy winter is continuing with trees down across Ballarat

WILD: The windy winter is continuing with trees down across Ballarat

BALLARAT’S emergency services have responded to a host of call outs as winds gusted past 70km/h and more is on the way with a weekend best described as frightful coming up.

Up until Friday afternoon, the SES had responded to 14 calls out for assistance, mostly for trees down, but a few building damaged as well.

Ballarat East was the most affected in the 24-hours to noon on Friday, with a number of buildings damaged around George Street while Canadian and Golden Point saw numerous trees down.

Winds peaked at 72km/h an hour at 9.30am after a windy night where gusts generally ranged between 40km/h and 60km/h which no doubt kept many residents awake.

And while yesterday’s sunshine might have been a precursor to a spring less than three weeks away, winter is set to rear its head at the weekend with the temperature not expected to get above nine degrees until Monday.

Most rain however is expected to fall overnight Friday into Saturday morning.