More havoc on the way

STRONG winds are causing havoc across Gippsland with the SES receiving 60 assistance requests between 11.30am and 4pm today.

SES committee resilience coordinator Louise Haughton said the region had experienced wind gusts of more than 130 kilometres per hour and expected requests for help to double into the evening.

Ms Haughton said the SES had responded to callouts for building damage, rooves peeling back and trampolines becoming airborne and causing damage in owner’s or neighbouring yards.

She said trees were also down, with branches breaking and falling on vehicles and power outages had been reported in some areas.

“We’re expecting strong winds for the remainder of the week. If people have outdoor settings and trampolines, please keep it secure for the rest of the week,” Ms Haughton said.

She also advised residents to not park their cars under trees and keep a torch and batteries at hand in case of power outages.

If in need of assistance phone the SES on 132 500.