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The windy week that was

Published 10/09/2012

Victoria State Emergency Service (SES) received almost 4,000 calls for help last week as damaging winds swept through the state.

When a series of intense low pressure systems and associated cold fronts moved in from the early hours of Tuesday, they brought damaging winds that impacted areas across Victoria.

A record gust of 160km/h was recorded at Hogan Island near Wilsons Prom. Other notable gusts included: 141km/h at Mt Buller; 137km/h  Mt William; 120km/h Falls Creek; 100km/h St Kilda; 100km/h Point Wilson; 100km/h Latrobe Valley Airport, and; 98km/h at Melbourne Airport.

Widespread damage was reported across Victoria. Between midnight Tuesday and 6pm Friday, SES received 3,849 Requests for Assistance (RFAs), predominately from metropolitan Melbourne (2,532). Gippsland regions were also seriously affected with 675 RFAs.

The vast majority of incidents involved trees being blown down (2,657), with falling over roads, causing a traffic hazard.

These incidents were responded to by 118 SES volunteer units.

The winds also caused power outages and disruptions to public transport services

The most heavily impacted areas in the metropolitan area were Eltham, Knox, Nunawading, Emerald and Doncaster. In the east, Warragul, Moe, Morwell and Leongatha bore the brunt.

SES was well-supported throughout the event by CFA, DSE, Parks Victoria, Victoria Police, ESTA, DPI, AV, Melbourne Water and councils across the state.