SES attended 11 calls for help on Saturday

UPDATE: Warrnambool State Emergency Service volunteers were not called out overnight Saturday after 11 pleas for help overnight Friday and on Saturday. 

Warrnambool controller Giorgio Palmeri said although the rough weather continued that the call-outs stopped.

“It’s been pretty good with no jobs overnight,” he said.

“Yesterday afternoon our last job about 5pm, 6pm at Nullawarre with a tree over a house.

“The roof was fairly damaged. We put a tarp on the roof to waterproof the home until builders can attend.”

Mr Palmeri said residents may yet call the SES this morning after they awake to find damage.

“We’ll just wait and see what people find when they wake up,” he said.

Saturday: WARRNAMBOOL SES responded to 11 jobs during the wild weather over Friday and Saturday.

Warrnambool controller Giorgio Palmeri said crews attended three jobs on Friday night and eight over Saturday.

Mr Palmeri said volunteers had been prepared for a busy day but thankfully all the call-outs were for minor damage.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, Warrnambool welcomed 11mm of rain from 9am on Saturday.

Hamilton recorded 8.6mm and Mortlake had 8mm.

Cape Nelson recorded one of the highest gusts of wind in the state 106km/h at 7.30am on Saturday.  

The bureau issued a severe weather warning for the south-west on Saturday morning and said gale force winds could persist along the coastal fringe.

EARLIER: WARRNAMBOOL SES members are bracing for a busy 24-hours with strong winds and heavy rain hitting the south-west.

Warrnambool controller Giorgio Palmeri said SES attended three jobs on Friday night with two fences blown over and one tree across a driveway.

By 10am on Saturday volunteers had also attended three more jobs due to tree damage.

“Considering the weather forecast we’re expecting a busy day,” Mr Palmeri said.

“We’re ready and prepared with many members ready to go.”

The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe weather warning for the south-west on Saturday morning.

The Bureau warned that a strong cold front with hit the region later on Saturday morning and winds of 60 to 80km/h were predicted near the south-west coastal fringe.

Wind gusts of up to 100km/h were recorded at Mortlake on Friday night.