Three to four centimeters of hail had been reported in Nunawading and East Doncaster. Most of the damage has been to buildings, along with fallen trees and power lines. A lightning strike in Mill Park caused a tree to explode into flames. More than 100,000 properties were left without electricity for much of the night. “Thunderstorms are affecting Victoria in a very unstable environment as a cold front crosses the State,” the Bureau of Meteorology said.
In Mildura in the state’s north-west, destructive winds caused damage to a number of buildings. Winds of up to 125km/h are also expected for some coastal areas. Motorists were advised to avoid travel or at least to move slowlu avoiding floodwaters. 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. Warrigal Road was closed in both directions between Canterbury and Riversdale roads due to a landslide. 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.