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Wild weather lashes Victoria, bringing hail, damaging winds and heavy rainfall

Thursday February 7, 2019 - 09:07 EDT
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Kerang, north-west of Melbourne, was hit by a duststorm. - ABC

Wild weather has lashed parts of Victoria, with a line of thunderstorms bringing large hailstones, damaging winds and, in some places, a month's worth of rain in one day.

The town of Meredith, between Geelong and Ballarat, received the most rain, recording 51 millimetres, more than it would typically receive in the entire month of February.

Nearby She Oaks recorded 21 millimetres of rain in 23 minutes, while Longerenong, near Horsham, recorded 29mm of rain, 20mm of which fell in a 20-minute period.

In Melbourne, Essendon Airport, which was hit by the storm just after 7:00pm, recorded 21mm.

Coburg in Melbourne's inner-north was also hard hit.

Huge clouds of dust were seen over parts of northern Victoria as the line of storms moved east across the state, stretching from Kerang in the north to Colac in the south.

The State Emergency Service said it had received 171 calls for help over 12 hours, with the busiest areas for calls including Broadmeadows and Northcote in Melbourne, as well as Bendigo and Ararat.

The most common reasons for calls were building damage due to flood and fallen trees, and fallen trees creating traffic hazards.

Trains on the Upfield line were replaced with buses after lightning strikes damaged rail equipment, lengthening journeys by up to an hour.

Power company websites showed more than 11,000 customers were without power on Wednesday night.

Senior meteorologist Richard Carlyon said the worst of the weather had passed Melbourne by late Wednesday night, but he said conditions remained humid and unsettled, and further storms were possible early on Thursday.


© ABC 2019

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