Stunning storm clouds over rural Victoria amaze residents as the ‘big sky doona’ rolls in while Melbourne is hit by severe storm
- Stunning rain clouds resembling ‘big sky doonas’ contrasted wild weather
- Large parts of Victoria smashed by extreme weather conditions Wednesday
- Train derailed in Maribyrnong while Sunbury was pelted by huge hail balls
- Car pictured floating away in flash flooding in Footscray on Wednesday night
Stunning rain clouds over Melbourne resembling a ‘big sky doona’ have amazed residents as experts warn more storms and flooding are set to batter Victoria through the weekend.
Large parts of Victoria are set to experience a second consecutive day of extreme weather conditions after heavy rain sparked flash floods from major cities to regional towns.
Residents of Lethbridge, a town just outside of Geelong, took incredible images of fluffy grey clouds passing over the area on Wednesday.
Those pictures were contrasted by footage of shopkeepers brushing water out of their stores and cars washing away in floodwaters in inner-Melbourne suburbs.
Residents of Lethbridge, a town just outside of Geelong, took incredible images of fluffy grey clouds resembling a ‘big sky doona’ passing over the area on Wednesday
A car was caught in flash flooding in the inner-city Melbourne suburb of Footscray on Wednesday as wild weather thrashed the state
The Bureau of Meteorology has issues severe warnings for much of Victoria for Thursday after violent weather saturated the state on Wednesday.
Backyards in Sunbury in Melbourne’s west were covered by hail almost resembling snow, while flashing flooding in Footscray saw cars carried downstream.
Pubs and cafes with outdoor dining lost tables and chairs across the city as rising water inundated sidewalks and roads.
BOM have released a wide-ranging warning zone that covers Geelong, Ballarat, Bacchus Marsh and Daylesford.
Shopkeepers had to brush water out of their stores as storm waters engulfed roads and footpaths
‘Flash flooding, large hail and damaging wind gusts are possible,’ the forecast reads.
‘We can expect the same again with a warm start and humid conditions – then showers and thunderstorms could roll in any time after 2pm,’ senior forecaster Chris Arvier told the Herald Sun.
‘That change will occur most likely after 4pm, with potential severe thunderstorms, damaging winds, hail and heavy rainfall which could lead to flash flooding.’
The SES said they’d received more than 230 calls on Wednesday, mostly relating to damage of property caused by falling trees and flash flooding.
They reported more than 6,000 homes lost power.
The Bureau of Meteorology has issues severe warnings for much of Victoria for Thursday after violent weather saturated the state on Wednesday
Melbourne’s west copped the brunt of the wild weather, with Sunbury, Essendon and Maribyrnong the worst hit.
A train derailed in Maribyrnong just before 5pm after severe flooding in the area.
There were even reports of 15km commutes into the city taking motorists more than three hours.
Tullamarine Airport registered high winds of 106km/h on Wednesday.