It has been rather wild and woolly in Victoria today:
Roofs have been ripped off houses, trees have crashed to the ground and trampolines have flown out of backyards as severe storms batter Victoria.
The State Emergency Service has received more than 520 calls for help since midnight on Friday with 73 calls coming from the Wyndham region in southwest Melbourne alone since 6.30am.
Some 100 calls have come from across Gippsland.
Thousands of Victorian homes were without power, but most have had it restored after the state was buffeted by high winds and heavy rain.
A woman from Wyndham Vale, one of the worst areas hit, rang radio 3AW to say a ‘mini tornado’ had ripped through her street.
In a dramatic call to the radio station, she claimed: “We’ve got people’s fences ripped down, there’s holes in roofs, ceilings have fallen down.
“Someone has lost their whole family-sized trampoline – they’ve got no idea where it’s gone, they are missing their back fence and they’ve gained someone else’s dog.”
A severe thunderstorm warning has been revoked but a severe weather warning for damaging winds and heavy rainfall remains in place for Victoria’s central, northeast and eastern regions, including Melbourne.
Much of Melbourne has recorded more than 12 millimetres since midnight, while Strathbogie in the state’s northeast was drenched by 44mm of rain in nine hours.
Aspendale resident Andrea Perry says her family of four was woken by “an almighty bang” as her neighbour’s roof was dumped onto her home in Melbourne’s southeast.
“The neighbour’s house next door, they are renovating, and the whole roof has completely landed on our house including all of our cars, boat and my husband’s work truck,” she told 3AW on Friday.
“It kind of felt like the world was ending in that moment.”
Victorians have reported gale-force winds tossing trampolines and other children’s play equipment over several fences.
Victoria SES spokeswoman Jacquie Quaine says most calls for help have been for damaged roofs but there’s also been reports of fallen trees.
Though no flash flooding has been reported, Ms Quaine expects SES crews – especially those in Wyndham, Melbourne’s southeast and the Gippsland region – to remain busy for the rest of Friday.
“With the high volume of calls in such concentrated areas, we’re asking for patience,” she told AAP.
Train commuters in many parts of Melbourne have also suffered delays and cancellations.
A tree across tracks in Ripponlea suspended services on the Sandringham line, while trains on other lines were forced to reduce their speed due to wet tracks.
There were also reports major delays on the Sunbury, Lilydale and Craigieburn lines.
The expected top temperature for the day of 21 degrees was achieved before 9am, with a cool change coming through meaning temperatures for the rest of the day were be in the mid to late teens.
The peak gust in Victoria was an eye-watering 96 km/h at Fawkner Beacon in the Bay, just off Brighton.
Just how this little drive in the park is being affected who knows?
However, let me reassure the petrolheads hanging out at The Pub – the forecast for Sunday is
so everything should be hunky-dory.
I think we might have another raffle this evening, but it will start a bit later than usual: 7pm to let those in the Wild West have a better chance of getting their numbers in on time. Please don’t ask for numbers before 7 – I have a few things to do, so just let your engines idle until that witching hour.