Wild windy weather sparks 20 call outs for emergency services
WILD weather has kept the State Emergency Service busy across the weekend, with the volunteers called out to dozens of incidents throughout the region.
A fierce cold front from the Southern Ocean swept across coastal cities on Friday night and Saturday morning, causing delays on many rural roads.
Portland SES spokeswoman Lisa Sealey said the majority of the callouts were for incidents on the outskirts of the city.
“We had many callouts for assistance to places such as Bridgewater, Cashmore and Gorae West,” Mrs Sealey said.
“Between us and staff from the Glenelg Shire Council, we received more than 20 emergency calls; all of them were for trees down across the road.
“Fortunately, there were no callouts to damaged homes or to accidents on the roads, because visibility was low during the storm.
“It was absolutely horrible weather, but credit to our volunteers for doing their job.”
The vigorous storm was felt by the Bureau of Meteorology’s weather station at the Portland Airport in Cashmore, with 24mm of rain recorded across the 48-hour period ending 9am Sunday, while a peak wind gust of 102km/h was recorded at 2.18am on Saturday.
The Portland Harbour weather station also recorded wind gusts in excess of 100km/h on Saturday, with a peak gust of 106km/h recorded at 5.29am.
Not be outdone, the Cape Nelson weather station recorded the strongest gusts of the storm, with a 107km/h peak gust recorded at 2.02am, the strongest recording for Victoria on Saturday.