Gum trees destroy home in Melbourne’s east as severe winds hit state

A family have narrowly survived after four gum trees destroyed their home in Melbourne’s east, as severe winds lashed parts of Victoria today.

The Cartwright family were asleep at their 30-year old property in the suburb of Millgrove Monday night when the wild weather, which saw gusts of up to 100km/h, forced trees to fall onto their home.

John Cartwright, his wife Jenny and their son Jaron narrowly escaped injury, with one tree missing their heads by a mere two metres.

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“The bed is right next to window, so I was that close to getting sprayed with glass, but also inches off getting knocked out,” Jaron told Channel 9.

John said he heard a “just a big whoosh and a crash”, and was terrified his son had not survived the impact.

“I didn’t know whether he was hurt or not,” he said.

“All I could do was come up the stairs yelling his name, and I was so relieved when I heard him yelling back.”

Unfortunately the family’s “dream” home, which they hand built three decades ago, was completely destroyed.

It comes after Melbourne was hit by 100km/h winds on Monday and dealt with wild winds again throughout Tuesday.

The weather bureau earlier issued a severe weather warning for Tuesday for damaging winds averaging 50 to 70km/h with peak gusts of 100km/h.

Melbourne Airport was hit by a 100km/h gust just before midnight on Monday, while 93km/h winds were recorded at Essendon about 12.20am and an 83km/h gust hit St Kilda about 3.15am.

Across the state 107km/h winds were recorded at Mt William in the Grampians about 1.30am, while 106km/h gusts hit Mt Hotham just before 4am.

State Emergency Service volunteers responded to 386 requests for assistance in the 24 hours up until 11am on Tuesday.

A spokesman said more than 300 of the calls were for fallen trees.

Premier Daniel Andrews told reporters about 30,000 homes, mostly in Melbourne’s outer east, had lost power due to the damaging winds.

And it seems unruly weather is now headed toward NSW and southeast Queensland, with showers and storms to increase during the second half of the week as a trough makes its way north along the coast, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

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