STATE Emergency Service volunteers across the south-west were called out to 100 jobs due to wild weather with small aluminium sheds causing the most trouble in Warrnambool.
SES south-west regional manager Matt Maywald said the band of weather, including dry lightning and gusting winds, moved through the region yesterday and last night headed north-east.
"The wind was gusting to 90kmh which caused us a lot of concern. We did expect and see quite a lot of trees down but we didn't get the micro burst thunderstorms which caused so much trouble in the north-east," he said.
"We had 100 call-outs in the south-west, a lot of loose flashing and tin and pergolas that needed attention.
"The winds generally need to be stronger than 90kmh to cause structural damage to buildings, such as causing damage to rooves. Most of our callouts were patch-up jobs."
Of the 100 requests for assistance, 98 were on Thursday and only two this morning. There were 25 to building damage, 17 to trees down and 55 trees down causing traffic hazards.
Mr Maywald said Portland and Hamilton were the busiest units in the south-west, with probably 30 to 40 calls in the Colac and Winchelsea area towards Geelong.
"It could have been a lot worse. We could have had more rain and been inundated by the micro or super storm cells. There were stronger wind but they stayed aloft and didn't come down because of the cloud cover. It was a good winter storm," he said.
Warrnambool SES controller Giorgio Palmeri said volunteers in the city only had six call-outs yesterday with small aluminium sheds creating the biggest hazard.
"There were no calls early this morning although we were expecting some," he said.
"Small aluminium sheds caused the largest problems and there was a tree down at Woolsthorpe which caused a hazard for traffic, but that was moved before we even got there.
"A panel protecting an air conditioner at the Legal Aid office in Fairy Street required attention and we had a report of building damaged in Carmell Drive.
"We were expecting callouts overnight so it could have been much worse.
"We were also pleased to get no calls regarding trampolines."