This late winter, early spring has seen stormy weather and very little sunshine in Geelong, and at times damage to roads, houses and trees.
After sunshine came the wind and the rain. During our concert the lights flickered a few times and we thought they would actually go out, but of course the band could have played on! A huge pine tree came down in nearby Eastern Park yesterday,.
Jessica Michels takes a closer look a fallen tree in Geelong's Eastern Park. Picture: Glenn Ferguson.
Change whips Geelong region after sunshine
SHANE FOWLES, DANNY LANNEN, Geelong Advertiser
October 31, 2016 9:56am
BUILDINGS were damaged, trees felled and power lost at thousands of homes after strong winds whipped Geelong on Sunday.
A pleasant sunny stretch gave way to wild wind gusts of more than 70kmh, as the temperature dropped from more than 24C into the mid-teens.
Buildings in Lara and Geelong West, including a Pakington St menswear business, sustained damage and trees came down across multiple suburbs.
The State Emergency Service was called to a gum tree that fell on a home in Ocean Grove, while a roof began lifting off a shopping centre in Torquay.
More than 4200 homes in Leopold, Moolap, Newcomb, Clifton Springs, East Geelong, Hamlyn Heights, Drysdale and Whittington lost power as the cold change swept through from 3pm.
Power to the 1447 affected homes in Leopold were restored within half an hour, but outages in other areas dragged on longer.
About 80 Powercor customers were affected when a tree brought down powerlines in Quamby Av, Hamlyn Heights
A fallen pine tree also blocked Holt Rd in Geelong’s Eastern Park.
Geelong State Emergency Service duty officer David Brown said units had been called to half a dozen incidents but none had been severe.
Sunday’s wind also raised dust levels, with the Environment Protection Authority warning that poor air quality would potentially continue into Monday.
Strong winds are expected to continue across the Geelong and Surf Coast region today, with possible showers and hail.
Rain is also likely to fall in the region on Melbourne Cup Day, with a top of 18C expected.