Wild winds wreak havoc along coast

Amateur photographer Perry Cho captured this spectacular image of overtopping at the Warrnambool breakwater on Saturday.

Amateur photographer Perry Cho captured this spectacular image of overtopping at the Warrnambool breakwater on Saturday.

WINDS up to 90km/h and heavy rain battered parts of the south-west on Saturday causing damage to house roofs and flooding.

State Emergency Service crews attended 13 call-outs in Warrnambool, Port Fairy and Koroit.

Access was closed to the Gibson Steps on the Great Ocean Road and Port Campbell’s jetty lower landing due to heavy seas.

Warrnambool amateur photographer Perry Cho captured some spectacular overtopping at the breakwater on Saturday morning describing the waves as the largest he had seen at the landmark.

“They were crashing right along the whole wall,” he said.

Warrnambool amateur photographer Perry Cho gets soaked while capturing some spectacular images of waves crashing over the breakwater.

Warrnambool amateur photographer Perry Cho gets soaked while capturing some spectacular images of waves crashing over the breakwater.

Port Fairy SES controller Stephen McDowell and Warrnambool’s deputy controller Adam Jones said most of the damage involved roof sections which had blown off and water leaking through ceilings because of blocked spouts and downpipes.

“The wind was up to 90km/h early Saturday,” Mr McDowell said.

Weather records show the highest wind speed hit Warrnambool about 2am Saturday and about 16mm of rain fell overnight.

pcollins@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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