STATE Emergency Service volunteers were kept busy yesterday morning with 45 call-outs across the south-west.
SES south-west regional officer Ian Carlton said the major problems were caused by falling trees and branches, although there was some minor flooding at Colac.
“In the Warrnambool area there was a tree down at Allansford across Ziegler Parade at 6am,” he said.
“Colac has been the main area attracting attention. There were a couple of trees down across the Princes Highway, one about 15 kilometres east of Colac towards Winchelsea.
“There were also a number of other trees down across minor roads and on properties.”
Mr Carlton said the damage was what SES officials had expected due to the forecast of strong, gusting winds.
“We are reinforcing the message to tie down loose objects like trampolines, which may have been out during school holidays,” he said.
“Drivers need to be particularly aware of fallen trees and power lines. We’ve had 45 calls across the region but there’s been close to 1800 across the state.
“We seem to have missed the worst of the weather, which came down a north-west corridor impacting on Swan Hill, Bendigo and through to the eastern suburbs of Melbourne.”