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Winds blow through Victoria

Published 06/09/2012

Victoria State Emergency Service (SES) has received more than 3,100 calls for help in the last two days.

Damaging winds swept west across the state overnight to Tuesday, stirred by a series of intense low pressure systems and associated cold fronts.

Since midnight Tuesday, 3,177 requests for assistance have been received. A majority of requests have related to trees that have been blown down by the wind.

The hardest hit areas include Eltham, Knox, Nudawading, Emerald and Doncaster in the Melbourne area, as well as Warragul, Moe, Morwell, Leongatha, Ballarat, Bacchus Marsh and Stawell.

The highest wind gust recorded during the event was 137 kilometres per hour at Mt Williams.

Winds have affected public transport and cut power to a large number of homes.

SES volunteers have worked through the night answering calls for help and continue to do so.

Follow current warnings on our Warnings page.

Call 132 500 if you require SES assistance. In a life-threatening emergency, call Triple-zero (000).

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