Some Horsham North residents in Victoria’s west will need to rebuild their homes after a suspected tornado ripped through early this morning.
Strong winds just after 1:00am tore roofs off houses north of Wavell Street, snapped tree trunks and left sheets of metal wrapped around trees.
The State Emergency Service (SES) received 55 calls for help within two minutes.
The weather bureau said specialist investigators would look into the event to see whether it was a tornado or a strong storm cell.
“There is potential that it could just have been a very strong downburst of winds,” Chris Arvier from the Bureau of Meteorology said.
“However, the swath of damage that moved through Horsham is quite narrow — that does make the situation of the tornado a bit more plausible.”
Horsham Police sergeant Troy Curran urged people to be patient as authorities respond to the damage.
The SES has warned the clean-up could take some time.