Warragul area hit hardest by damaging winds in Gippsland; more to come
 Baw Baw News   By // 13:48, Thursday 6 September 2012

WARRAGUL SES is still receiving requests for assistance after damaging winds buffeted Victoria yesterday and today, and more wild weather is on the way.

More to come: Damaging winds which caused many trees to lose limbs are set to return tonight. Photo: William Kulich.


A Victoria State Emergency Service spokesperson told The Warragul Citizen the Warragul unit has been the busiest in Gippsland, receiving 178 requests since midnight yesterday.

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The most recent request was made midday today, and the Bureau of Meteorology is warning damaging winds reaching up to 100 km/h will develop overnight.

The spokesperson said the majority of calls for assistance were from Drouin and Drouin West, with many also made from Warragul, Neerim, Yarragon South, Longwarry and Trafalgar.


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Approximately 80 per cent of calls were regarding fallen trees on roads, 10 per cent were for building damage and 10 per cent were for fallen trees not on roads.

Power outages were also experienced across Gippsland.

West Gippsland Community Radio was taken off-air at about 8.45pm last night after power was cut at its main transmission tower, and could not begin broadcasting again until midday today.

At close of business yesterday the Baw Baw Shire Council had received reports of 100 roads blocked by trees, with 150 fallen trees in total.

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Tree over Bloomfield Road with powerline in view. Photo: Kindly submitted by Ross Brealey.

Photo kindly submitted by Ross Brealey: “Trailing power lines that ended up on the road surface. Amazing how we rely on power especially when you are without for over 23 hours…”


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