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More than 100,000 Victorian properties are without power after wild storms tore down power lines and damaged homes, causing widespread blackouts. Destructive winds lashed the southern Australian state on Thursday night, with thousands of requests for emergency assistance and hundreds of properties damaged. Victoria’s State Emergency Service (SES) worked through the night on Friday to deal with a large amount of requests for help in the aftermath of the wild weather. The SES was dealing with more than 1,300 requests for assistance as of 7.30 a.m. on Saturday. Energy market operator AEMO said 110,000 properties are still without power as of 8.25 a.m. on Saturday, down from 518,000 homes on Friday. “Network crews continue to repair powerlines and critical infrastructure,” AEMO said. One of the major power distributors, United Energy, said it is managing “high volumes of calls” with long call wait times, as its staff prioritise emergency calls. United Energy …