Strong winds in many parts of Australia leave thousands of homes without electricity

Strong winds in Melbourne and through the Australian state of Victoria overnight uprooted roofs, destroyed trees and left more than 450,000 homes without power.

In a related context, the company "Imo" that manages energy in Australia revealed this morning that the damage was severe and warned that some customers will not receive electricity during the weekend or even early next week.

In that regard, the storms came at a critical time as many people in Melbourne were preparing to travel elsewhere in the state. The weekend marked the first time in months that people were able to move freely around Victoria, after coronavirus restrictions were lifted.

Victoria's emergency service said it had received more than 2,500 calls for help, with nearly 300 people reporting damage to their property.

One of the areas worst affected was Red Hill, a tourist area in south Melbourne where residents reported uprooted trees and chaos everywhere.

About 125,000 families were also cut off from internet, affecting thousands of people who still work from home.

Some train services were suspended and many vaccination centers closed due to the bad weather. The business was also affected by the power outage.

Several places have recorded the strongest winds in a decade or more, including Ben Nevis, with winds of 117 kilometers (73 miles) per hour, said Kristi Johnson, the Met's chief forecaster. In Bass Strait, between Victoria and Tasmania, gusts reached 165 km/h (103 mph).