Nature's fury

December 20, 2017

The storm brought down trees causing traffic chaos at Kialla East.

Tasmin Wiley snapped this impressive photo of a lightning in Tatura during the storm.

Strong gusts of wind knocked this tree down.

Thousands of homes were left without power across the Goulburn Valley as a storm lashed the region last night.

The storm arrived at about 6.30pm, with strong winds bringing down trees and causing traffic hazards across roads, while lightning sparked a number of small fires.

Emergency services were inundated with calls for assistance across Greater Shepparton and the wider Goulburn Valley.

In the space of 30 minutes State Emergency Services and Country Fire Authority crews attended 29 jobs in Shepparton, 24 at Tatura and 22 at Numurkah with the majority of the calls being for trees down, building damage and trees over roads.

The CFA attended a number of call outs for traffic lights not working across Shepparton and Shepparton East.

Power outages hit hard in Shepparton, where 1519 Powercor customers were affected and Tatura which had 1475 homes or businesses with no power, while 982 Nathalia residences were powerless.

Elsewhere power was down at Kialla and Kialla West for a combined 455 homes.

Undera, Mooroopna and Kyabram also experienced significant outages.

The power was out for between three to four hours.

The storm brought a huge cool change with it, as temperatures dropped from 30°C at 6.30pm to 22°C at 7pm, while 6.4mm of rain fell.

An SES spokesperson said the storm was a reminder for the community to be aware and prepared for all emergencies with extreme heat and stormy weather hitting the state hard in a short period of time.

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