Thunderstorms hit Melbourne. The government stated the Victoria citizens have to be careful with severe storms threat. Details!!!!!
Wild storms lash Melbourne
The Bureau of Meteorology has cancelled a tornado warning for Melbourne but says severe thunderstorms in parts of Victoria continue to be a threat.
Melbourne has been battered by strong winds and hail this afternoon and a tornado warning was briefly issued after one was spotted west of the capital.
The tornado was reported Fiskville, 15 kilometres west of Bacchus Marsh, and was said to be moving towards Melbourne’s western suburbs.
The weather bureau’s Richard Russell says they received a report of a tornado but the warning has now been cancelled.
“The report we had was from a very credible storm spotter,” he said.
“He reported that a car was blown off or across the road as it went through.”
He said there was a tornado threat for about 20 minutes.
Mr Russell says there is still a storm warning in place and systems moving across Melbourne are producing large hail and heavy rainfall.
Victoria’s emergency services have already received 300 calls for help with reports of building damage and hailstones the size of lemons.
Duty forecaster Chris Godfred says there is also the risk of flash flooding.
“During the past hour or two we have had some severe thunderstorms affecting metropolitan Melbourne, mainly the western and northern suburbs, however the warning is current for the eastern and bayside areas too,” he said.
“On top of the metro severe storm warning we do have a more general one for Victoria as well.
“That ranges right up to the northern parts of country Victoria and across to the Wimmera and also extending down into western and central Gippsland. The warning area does cover about 70 per cent of the state.” (ABC News)