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Storms destroy four homes near Geelong

At least four homes near Geelong are uninhabitable and up to 60 others have been damaged in severe storms that lashed Victoria overnight.

The hardest-hit areas were Waurn Ponds and Mt Duneed near Geelong, where the State Emergency Service received 115 calls for help.

Of those, four homes were deemed uninhabitable and the residents needed relocating.

Another 40 to 60 homes have suffered significant damage.

The SES received 242 requests for help across the state.

Volunteers spent Wear Orange Wednesday, the day of thanks to the SES, assessing the damage.

State manager at the Bureau of Meteorology Andrew Tupper says a strong cold front moved across the state on Tuesday night, bringing the line of thunderstorms and lightning.

The wind from the storms caused the most damage, Mr Tupper said on Wednesday.

Winds were severe all over Victoria, with Ballarat reaching gusts of 98km/h and Falls Creek 135km/h at 8am on Wednesday.

Mr Tupper said Victorians should expect more rain over the coming days, but no severe storms would arrive with it and further damage was unlikely.

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