Victoria's wild weather in picturesThursday June 26, 2014 - 19:16 EST
The weather bureau called it a "winter weather bomb" and it left behind a trail of destruction, battering Victoria with 130 kilometre per hour winds.
as the strong winds brought down trees and sent debris flying through the air.
The Yarra River in the CBD started overflowing unexpectedly as a result of a high tide and the bad weather.
Look back on the day's extreme weather through photos from ABC journalists and members of the public.
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The South Australian towns of Port Wakefield and Virginia are under threat from floodwaters as the Wakefield and Gawler rivers burst their banks.
A severe weather warning has been issued for much of southern Western Australia, with winds of more than 100 kilometres per hour raising fears about potential damage to homes and property.
Flood warnings are likely to stay in place across Tasmania for several days as rainfall continues, but the worst of the weather has passed, the weather bureau says.