More than 10,000 Victorians were left without power after a wild storm swept through the state overnight, with “life-threatening flooding” forecast for Wednesday afternoon.
Strong winds and heavy rain lashed Victoria late on Tuesday afternoon, causing flooding in Melbourne and damaging homes across the region.
A flood warning has been issued for the Loddon and Avoca rivers, which affect areas near Wedderburn and Borth in the north-west of the state, after 99mm of flooding overnight into Wednesday morning.
About 7,700 AusNet customers in Victoria's east reported power outages to the energy service provider, which estimated power would be restored to most residents between noon and 6pm.
CitiPower has recorded a further 2,543 customers are currently without power in regions west of Melbourne.
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a further severe thunderstorm warning for the Eastern Ranges and Gippsland Hills on Wednesday afternoon, predicting “damaging winds” and more hail.
“Severe thunderstorms producing heavy rainfall/thunder, damaging winds or large hail are at risk for much of #Wiki this afternoon – particularly the Eastern Ranges and Gippsland Hills where intense rainfall could cause life-threatening flooding,” it said. The Bureau of Meteorology Victoria posted on X, formerly Twitter.
Hail destroyed homes in Bendigo on Tuesday, with residents of Backus Swamp saying roads and parks were flooded.
Locals in the region were told that it “took longer than expected” to restore power to some households.
“Electric water pumps do not mean water, and we do not have gas equipment. Guess who went grocery shopping yesterday and filled the fridge?” A woman living in Baku Marsh announced this on Facebook.
In the east of the state, residents around Eildon Lake were forced to watch as winds lashed their homes, damaging property and forcing down trees.
In Melbourne, SES crews worked to clear flooding in Essendon, Faulkner and Benalla following Tuesday's thunderstorms.
Temperatures in the Victorian capital reached 27C on Wednesday and are expected to rise over the weekend, with the Bureau of Meteorology expecting a high of 31C on Sunday.