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Severe thunderstorm warning cancelled for Victoria as clean up begins

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A severe thunderstorm warning has been cancelled for Victoria as the state begins to clean up after the devastating wild weather. The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) issued an update at 5am this morning to say the severe thunderstorms were no longer occurring in the state.”The immediate threat of severe thunderstorms has passed, but the situation will continue to be monitored and further warnings will be issued if necessary,” the BoM said.

Homes and businesses are now facing a massive clean up effort after the damage caused by the storms.There was flash flooding in multiple Melbourne suburbs, after storms also caused damage across the state on Thursday, and thousands were left without losing power.As many as 18,000 homes across Victoria powered by PowerCorp lost electricity, while the city of Geelong was left partly underwater and other areas felt cyclone-strength wind gusts.

Flash flooding was seen right across Melbourne, from Werribee to Mentone in the south-east and McKinnon.An Uber driver’s car was swept away in the deluge after he attempted to cross flash flooding in Elwood in the city’s south.The driver and his young female passenger made a lucky escape out the window when the car became lodged under a walking bridge.

The skies unleashed over the city causing major flash flooding on city roads with some areas recording over 60 millimetres of rain while lightning struck too close for comfort.Large hailstones pelted cars on the Monash Freeway and smashed windows in Wheelers Hill.

The SES has had more than 899 calls for help since storms began at 9pm on Wednesday.

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