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Wild weather set to continue

Published 01/10/2013

Damaging winds have swept across Victoria for the second time in two weeks and will return tomorrow.

Victoria State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers have had a busy day after winds settled in overnight, causing widespread damage. More than 60 SES units have been responding to the more than 3,600 calls for help that have been received since midnight, when wind gusts of up to 120km/h - the sort you'd see in a Category 1 cyclone - lashed Melbourne.

Melbourne - and particularly the eastern suburbs, bore the brunt, but calls have been received from across the state.

About two-thirds of the received calls were about trees that had been blown down, with the remainder reporting damage to buildings. Much of the damage was minor - tin roofs lifting in the wind, fences blowing down and the like - but some were not so lucky.

In Kinglake an elderly couple were relocated after a large tree fell on their home, severely damaging the roof and a number of rooms. A handful of other residents have also been relocated around the Swan hill area.

And while no major injuries have been reported, there have been some near misses - a woman was rescued from her 4WD after it was crushed by a tree in Lyndhurst.

Damaging winds blew in last Thursday and, after a brief reprieve this evening, are expected to return tomorrow afternoon.

This break in the wind offers everyone the opportunity to take stock and ensure loose items around their property are tied down and secured. Winds can easily pick up loose items and turn them into missiles. A trampoline in Corio yesterday was picked up by the wind, flew over a house and landed in a front yard after crashing through powerlines. It's not hard to imagine the damage or injury such an object could cause.

If you can't avoid travelling during times of severe winds, then make sure you drive to the conditions. A fallen tree or debris can be a significant hazard that may be hard to spot.

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