Melbourne weather: Temperature plunges as storm lashes state

Stony creek backwash (under Westgate Bridge) looking back towards Coode Island. Storm hits Melbourne’s CBD.
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A fierce storm battered parts of the state on Tuesday night, with large hailstones the size of golf balls pelting Melbourne’s south-east.

Wild winds, thunderstorms, heavy rain and giant hailstones began lashing the city just before 8pm, with reports of flash flooding across Melbourne.

The Bureau of Meteorology said three to four centimetres of hail pelted Nunawading, East Doncaster and Templestowe.

Lights went out on late night Christmas shoppers at Highpoint Shopping Centre in Melbourne’s west as rain started poured in from the ceiling.

Dangerous thunderstorms, damaging winds and large hailstones were detected on the weather radar near Craigieburn, Greensborough and Preston, with severe thunderstormsdetected near Dandenong, Glen Waverley and Kilmore.

Just before 11pm, Warrigal Road was closed in both directions between Canterbury and Riversdale roads due to a landslide, according to VicRoads.

Drivers are being urged to avoid the area and it remains unclear when the road will be reopened.

A severe windstorm has also brought down trees and powerlines across the North East and Hume Region.

VicEmergency has warned travel is “very dangerous” in these areas due to a number of trees and powerlines down and traffic light outages.

Earlier, VicRoads advised motorists to avoid travel in fierce weather conditions.

Nick Addison was inside his house in Templestowe watching the freak thunderstorm with his four-year-old daughter when they heard a deafening sound outside.

“We’re were just looking up at the lightning across the sky then all of a sudden we heard this pretty loud banging and kept going so we went out the front to take a look,” he said.

“There were huge hailstones everywhere…. I picked a few of them up and they were easily golf ball-size.”

Mr Addison said his car was protected under a double garage, but friends and family living nearby in Templestowe weren’t so lucky.

“I know my friend’s car has copped a fair bit of damage and hailstones just pelted through my parents’ pergola,” he said.

“I’d imagine there is plenty of damage out there tonight.”

Melbourne Airport warned some flights may be delayed due to the weather, with a spokeswoman confirming the airport was operating on a single runway on Tuesday evening.

The airport also urged travellersto check with the airlines they were flying with for updates on delays.

The State Emergency Service has responded to more than 1600 call-outs across the state, with the bulk of requests for help coming from regional areas including Mildura, Swan Hill, Kilmore and Shepparton.

The SES has also been inundatedwith calls for help from the Manningham municipalitywhich encompasses Doncaster, Templestowe, Donvale, Bulleen, Warrandyte and Wonga Park.

“Most of these calls have been for assistance with trees down over roads, fallen powerlines and building damage,” a State Control Centre spokeswoman said.

“There are also reports of large hail stones falling in some areas, thunderstoms and damaging winds as the storm moves from central Victoria to the east of the state and into Melbourne.”

An estimated 100,000 Victorians are currently without power, according to the SES.

It remains unknown when power will be restored.

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