Trees bring down powerlines, rip up footpaths as storms lash Victoria

Trees bring down powerlines, rip up footpaths as storms lash Victoria

Wild weather has ripped through large parts of regional Victoria and Melbourne bringing golf-ball-sized hail and causing high-voltage power lines to fall.

Seven metropolitan train lines were also suspended at 4pm this afternoon, while several others were facing major delays.

After mostly dry, hot and windy conditions this morning, the severe thunderstorms and lightning rolled across central parts of Victoria and Melbourne this afternoon.

Storms early this morning caused major fires to ignite in western Victoria, with emergency services warning the dangerous weather conditions “aren’t over yet.”

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The storms wreaked havoc in the west of the state, with heavy hail and strong winds bringing down powerlines and ripping up infrastructure at Anakie, north of Geelong.

Major flooding inundated roads in Clayton, in Melbourne’s south-east, where a large tree fell onto a road and ripped up a footpath.

Temperatures that were previously sitting at a 41-degree high, quickly dropped by 15 degrees to 26 Celsius in a matter of minutes.

Wind gusts reached up to 130 kilometres in hour in parts of the state.

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Stunned locals shared the aftermath of the “chaotic” storms, that tore sheds apart and flung trampolines through the air.

Others shared vision to social media of large pieces of hail strewn about backyards.

The severe storms also caused trees to fall across major roads in Melbourne’s Ferntree Gully, while the state’s transport authority cancelled trains.

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The state control centre issued a severe thunderstorm warning for metropolitan Melbourne, predicting damaging winds and hail to rain down on the city.

The Bureau of Meteorology’s emergency services meteorologist Kevin Parkyn said the dangerous weather would move through the state into this evening.

He said this morning’s early thunderstorms contributed to the emergency fires crews were currently battling in western Victoria.

The gusty winds are expected to move through Geelong and into Melbourne and then northern Victoria over the coming hours.

“These storms are severe,” Parkyn said.

“It’ll continue for the next few hours, but temperatures will drop rapidly and then hopefully by sunrise tomorrow the severe weather will be over.”

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