Extreme Weather in Australia on Saturday, 01 December, 2012 at 13:35 (01:35 PM) UTC.
A severe thunderstorm has swept through Ballarat bringing down trees, damaging roofs and causing power outages.
The SES received close to 200 requests for assistance after the storm hit at about 9pm. SES spokesman Lachlan Quick said most of the calls had come from the suburbs of Mount Helen, Mount Clear and Sebastopol. He said the SES received about three calls a minute in the hour after the storm first hit.
“It’s pretty significant,” he said. “We don’t often see that rate of calls.” “About 100 of those calls were regarding building damage and 70 of them were about trees down and traffic hazards.”
He said there were no reports of serious injury but warned drivers to take care on the roads. “We urge people to take a bit of extra care on the roads as there is likely to be a lot of debris and trees down,” he said.Victoria Police also issued a warning to car users to “exercise caution” when travelling through Ballarat and Elmhurst due to fallen trees. Victoria Police said there were power outages in Elmhurst, Nowhere Creek, Glenpatrick, Blind Creek, Buninyong and Sebastopol.
A spokesman for the Bureau of Meteorology said the storm that went through Ballarat bringing lightening, hail and strong winds had now weakened. He said earlier severe thunder storm warnings for Melbourne had now been downgraded. A separate severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for residents in the Wimmera and parts of the Mallee and South West Forecast Districts.