Horsham avoids major storm damage from Saturday's wild winds; first rainfall for April recorded

Heavy rains lashed Firebrace Street, Horsham, on Saturday. Pictures: CONTRIBUTED
Heavy rains lashed Firebrace Street, Horsham, on Saturday. Pictures: CONTRIBUTED

HORSHAM avoided the brunt of Saturday’s wild storms but experienced much-needed rain.

State Emergency Service Horsham deputy controller Nola Smith said the town was lucky the weather caused no major damage.

“There was only one call-out to a tree down on the Henty Highway at Mockinya, which was quickly cleared up,” she said.

“Police were fantastic and were diverting traffic while it was cleaned up.

“We were very lucky, it could have been a lot worse for us. It was really good to see the rain though.”

Many towns across the Wimmera received their first rain for April during the storms.

Horsham recorded 5.2mm in the 24 hours up to 9am on Sunday.

The highest rainfall for the region was 12mm, which was recorded at Kanagulk during the same period.

Bureau of Meteorology senior duty forecaster Chris Godfred said Saturday’s weather was due to a strong cold front that moved across the whole state.

“There was quite a lot of rain which caused dust to swirl around,” he said.

“Nhill recorded wind gusts of up 96km/h and the wind was very strong around the region the whole day.”

Mr Godfred said Horsham could expect a few light showers for the next few days, but nothing like Saturday’s rain.

“There will be fairly fresh winds on Sunday and Monday as a high starts to move from the west,” he said.

“By Tuesday the winds will lighten up and it will be more dry, with temperatures around the mid-20s expected for the end of the week.”

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