Storm Of The Century
They Called It The Storm Of The Century!
Melbourne's Storm of the Century
They are calling it the Storm of the Century. When the astonishing hail, thunder and lightning and torrential rain hit
Hail damage to this garden umbrella
For the areas that were worst hit, it was all hands on board and for the lucky areas that missed the worst of the storm, crews were quickly assembled to assist wherever they could.
Where did this river come from?
Amazingly, throughout Saturday afternoon, Sunday and Monday;
Broken windows were only the start
On Saturday afternoon following the initial deluge SES received some 3000 calls for assistance. By Sunday afternoon 1000 of those initial jobs had been completed; however, in excess of 100 additional calls for help were being received every hour seeing the total number of jobs since the storm currently standing at over 7000.
There was major hail damage at car lots to new and used cars as well as cars at home
The worst affected areas were Knox with more than 2,500 calls for assistance being received other areas included Essendon with over 600, Malvern almost 500, Footscray with nearly 300, Waverley and Emerald each with more than 250. SA and NSW SES volunteers have arrived to backup their Victorian counterparts and will start work on properties damaged by hail, in the worst affected areas of Knox.
What a mess!
Teams are being requested to assist into the week as the clean up continues with the worst affected areas knowing that it will be quite some time before things are back to normal.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 25 August 2010 18:21)