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Wild weather in south-west Victoria turns roads to rivers, creates 'reverse waterfall'

Wednesday June 9, 2021 - 23:57 EST

Wild weather across south-west Victoria has turned roads to rivers and created waterfalls over ocean cliffs. 

Overnight in Timboon, an ambulance was delayed during a callout, due to several large trees that had fallen across a country road.

Port Campbell SES duty officer Phil Younis says it was fortunate it was not an emergency scenario.

"There were two or three trees that were blocking the road outside of Timboon," he said.

"The SES was able to clear one but the second one was massive.

"Corangamite Shire brought their big loader down and pushed it out of the road at 4:30am," he said.

Dangerous swells

In Port Fairy, Griffiths Island has been closed by Moyne Shire due to the dangerous weather conditions.

Earlier this year, a Ballarat family became stranded on the island when large swells cut off access to the mainland.

Today, a large buoy usually tethered near the mouth of the Moyne River was discovered kilometres down the coastline at East Beach in Port Fairy. 

Meanwhile, east of the Twelve Apostles, a cascade of water created a new "uphill" waterfall over a cliff face.

Mark Cuthell, co-ordinator of Port Campbell's Visitor Centre has been entertaining online viewers with Facebook Live videos of the uphill waterfall.

"I'm watching this waterfall being blown skyward by the updraft of the cliff!" Mr Cuthell said in his post.

"The might of nature on full display here, this is an absolute rainbow factory!"

The Bureau of Meteorology and the Victoria State Emergency Service (SES) held a joint media conference at 2pm on Wednesday regarding the severe weather impacting parts of Victoria.

?Multiple warnings across Victoria include heavy rainfall, damaging winds and a road weather alert.

The weather event is linked to a low pressure system over the Tasman Sea.


© ABC 2021

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