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Storm blitzes homes

Published 20/11/2011

Residents likened a severe thunderstorm that hammered Melbourne late yesterday to a mini cyclone.

The SES received more than 250 calls for help statewide, including 40 properties damaged on a Camberwell street.

Melbourne's inner east copped the brunt of the storm, with large trees down across streets and on to homes, and fallen power lines.

Lightning struck a Camberwell house, leaving two holes in the roof.

Home owner Neil Pearson was thankful nobody was home. "I think if we'd been sitting in the front room when the lightning bolt came it would have been a different story," he said.

MFB Hawthorn station officer Barry Woods said strong wind gusts uprooted trees in Camberwell and Hawthorn. "It's like a small cyclone came through the area," he said.

Camberwell resident George Limogiannis said he pulled his grandchildren inside moments before branches rained down on the backyard. "The noise it made, I couldn't imagine what happened," he said.

Gusts of up to 92km/h were recorded at Melbourne Airport.


Angus Thompson 2011, 'Storm blitzes homes', Herald Sun, 19 November, p. 2.