Wild weather wreaks havoc

A tree was brought down in on Baxter-Tooradin Road in Pearcedale.

By Brendan Rees

Narre Warren State Emergency Service has kept busy after wild weather lashed the region on Friday 9 August.

Volunteers attended 17 jobs in the Casey area, mostly for fallen trees and damaged roofs, the unit’s spokesman Damian Burns said.

Winds speeds reached up to 90km/h at 9am, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

Mr Burns said the blizzard like conditions blew a trampoline flew onto a road in the vicinity of Cranbourne -Berwick Road and Linsell Boulevard.

Luckily no one was injured but Mr Burns said it was disappointing the owner had not secured the trampoline.

“They’re shaped in such a way to actually take off and then when they land because they’re round they roll … they do quite a bit of damage,” he said.

A car also veered off Baxter Tooradin Road in Pearcedale into a drain full of water about 2pm. Pearcedale CFA volunteers attended and it’s understood no person was trapped in the incident.

Mr Burn said widespread heavy rain caused leaks to residential roofs and damage to tiles.

“Most of the calls have been down the southern part of City of Casey … because the strong wind is a strong westerly wind coming off Port Phillip Bay,” he said.

“Frankston and some of the Mornington areas have been badly affected,” he added.

Blustery winds caused the Frankston pier to snap off about 9.30am.

Mr Burns said strong winds also brought trees down on Menzies Close, Narre Warren South and Stone Hill Circuit in Cranbourne East.

A garage door was also damaged in Cranbourne North, he said.

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster said about 15-20mm of rain fell over the region.

It was recorded as the coldest August day in two years.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:

* Move vehicles under cover or away from trees;

* Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony;

* Keep clear of fallen power lines;


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