Storm lashes region

Residents around the region had a cleanup on their hands Wednesday morning after a small but powerful storm wreaked havoc, downing trees, fences and even roofs.

Trees were down all along River Road.

Trees were down all along River Road.

The storm, which blew in Tuesday evening around 4.45pm hit hard and left a trail of destruction in its wake.

Tree and property damage could be seen from Swan Hill out to Nyah, Lake Boga, Pental Island and surrounding areas.

Locals surveying the damage said the storm was brief but vicious.

Areas said to be hard hit were Koraleigh, Wood Wood, Beverford, Woorinen and Speewa, with residents also reporting trees down along the road between Sea Lake and Ultima.

Around Swan Hill, River Road was one of the worst affected with trees brought down across the road and blocking drive ways.

Murraydale Road resident Johnny Boyle had a close call with a trampoline after winds flipped it over his head while he was trying to fix the cow trough.

Power outages were still affecting parts of Beverford, Murrabit, Piangil, Quambatook and Sea Lake on Wednesday morning.

Connection was inconsistently restored in some townships, with some streets up and running while others were still in the dark as power companies worked hard to attend to downed power lines.

Beverford General Store's Dianne Johnson said they didn't fare "too badly" in the chaos.

"We lost power for about an hour-and-a-half, lost a few trees and we lost our fence, but some other places were hit a lot worse.

"I've heard there are sheds down in Woorinen," Ms Johnson said.

Council workers were working to repair the fence of the Nyah West swimming pool after branches fell on it, pulling it down.

Staff at the Nyah West IGA said they lost power for around four hours between 5pm and 9pm but were back up and running attending to customers on Wednesday morning.

The Nyah Village Caravan Park also avoided any major damage, despite the storm bringing a few trees down around the park.

"We didn't lose power but we did have quite a few trees down and some gutter damage, we were pretty lucky really," owner Stephen Russel said.

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