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Woman killed by tree felled in Vic wind

AAP logoAAP 8/10/2016 Kaitlyn Offer

One woman is dead and another is in hospital after trees crashed onto houses in separate incidents as wild winds hit Victoria.

The woman in her 50s was killed when a tree fell on her home in Adrienne Court at Millgrove about 1.15pm on Sunday.

Police say no one else was inside at the time.

Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley told reporters authorities made "every frantic effort" to get to the woman.

In another incident, an 81-year-old woman was trapped in a house in Tecoma before being rescued and taken to hospital.

Mr Lapsley said the two incidents had been "two of the most traumatic" events of the day.

More than 2200 calls for help had been logged with the State Emergency Service, CFA and MFB by 4pm, he said.

At one stage more than 120,000 properties across the state were without power.

By 5.30pm, more than 113,000 properties were still blacked out.

Several police cars and other emergency vehicles were also hit by falling trees. Two firefighters, one in Healesville and another in the Dandenong Ranges, received minor injuries.

Melbourne Airport is still open but has been reduced to one runway, with wind gusts of 107km/h recorded.

Shortly before midday, the tail of a cargo plane attempting take off struck the tarmac and the runway had to be temporarily closed so the aircraft could be checked over.

Melbourne Airport advises passengers to check with their airlines for possible delays.

The Cranbourne Cup was postponed after race stewards expressed concern about the winds while the Around the Bay 50km cycling event was extended by 10km to avoid the West Gate Bridge during the extreme winds.

Sunday's winds are a one in five year event, Mr Lapsley said.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Steve McGibbony said on Sunday the winds were expected to ease as a cold front moved from the west to reach Melbourne about 8pm.

The northwest of Victoria will continue to see gusty winds after the front has moved through, he said.

There will be about five to 10mm of rain overnight because of the front and then a chilly Monday is expected, Mr McGibbony said.

Major flood warnings are also in place for large parts of the state's north.

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