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Strong winds rip roofing from homes

Tuesday July 5, 2011 - 17:37 EST
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The weather bureau expects this week to be one of the coldest and windiest of the year as a series of cold fronts moves across the state. The weather system has already dumped 21 centimetres of snow at Falls Creek and more snow is expected. - ABC

Emergency crews have spent much of Tuesday clearing trees and debris from roads and homes after high winds swept across Victoria.

Gippsland, Ballarat and parts of Melbourne's bayside and eastern suburbs have been the worst affected.

State Emergency Service spokesman Stephen Warren says the organisation has responded to about 200 requests for assistance.

"Some have been trees down on roads; there's been some building damage where parts of buildings... roofing has been ripped off," he said.

"But they have been very generic as what you would have for a severe storm. Nothing of any significant building damage but enough to cause problems for residents."

Mr Warren says residents should take the time to prepare for the winds.

"We'd ask people to take care out there, certainly shelter away from any trees make sure you park away from trees. Bring your items in to secure [them] and make sure you're aware of these severe storm conditions," he said.


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