Strong winds cause damage

Mount William in the Grampians recorded wind gusts above one hundred kilometres per hour earlier this week.

Trees bend almost to the point of breaking on top of Mt William.

Trees bend almost to the point of breaking on top of Mt William.

The wind gusts, recorded mostly overnight on Sunday, were the highest in the state.

Wind gusts at Mt William reached a staggering 128km/h shortly after midnight on Sunday - the strongest gusts recorded in Victoria as at 11am Monday.

A strong cold front over southwestern Victoria reached the Grampians region early on Monday morning and spread to the central areas of the state in the afternoon and the northeast by the evening.

Strong to gale force northerly winds ahead of the front shifted west to northwesterly following the front, delivering rainfall in Stawell, Halls Gap and surrounding region.

Snow down to 600 metres was originally predicted on Monday night as the colder air spread across the state. This was later revised to falls being expected down to 700m.

This meant snow did fall on Mt William in the Grampians, attracting plenty of sightseers during the early morning on Tuesday.

Unfortunately, the front also brought with it damaging winds, which once again reached above 100km/h at Mt William on Tuesday, combined with heavy rain.

The wild conditions saw State Emergency Service volunteers in Stawell and Ararat attend to numerous incidents, including clearing fallen trees from roadways and assisting residents who had reported damage at their homes.

In conditions similar to these, the State Emergency Service advises that people should:

Move vehicles under cover or away from trees.

Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony.

Keep clear of fallen power lines.

For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.

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