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Melbourne weather: June 24, 2014

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Melbourne's wild weather leaves streets underwater

Several bayside streets were left without power and underwater on Tuesday afternoon after strong winds caused a tidal surge inland.

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Melburnians are set to receive some respite from today's wild weather but the Bureau of Meteorology warns Wednesday's conditions will still be cold and wintry.

Bureau senior forecaster Richard Carlyon said the weather system responsible for Tuesday's strong winds and heavy showers had died away late this afternoon."We're not likely to see the damaging wind gusts we saw today of above 100 kilometres an hour," he said. "Tomorrow they are likely to be 70 to 80km/h." "It will be wintry - just not as intense as what we have seen over the past two days," he said. Weather warnings are still in place for coastal areas and alpine regions.  Melbourne reached a top of 14.5 degrees on Tuesday, although wind chill made it seem considerably colder. The bureau is forecasting a top of 16 degrees for tomorrow. Gusts exceeding 100 km/h were recorded at Melbourne, Avalon and Essendon airports, while the strongest winds   "It's rare to see so many stations in the local area above 100 km/h. We've got quite a collection today," Mr Carlyon said. A Qantas spokeswoman said flights in and out of Melbourne were back on schedule following earlier delays and cancellations.  The strongest gusts recorded in the state were at South Channel Island, at the southern tip of Port Phillip Bay, where winds reached 122 km/h.

And another pic if you've sensibly stayed inside all day

And after all the drama, thanks to Pesel & Carr for this lovely photo

For those wondering, Sydney's had some rough weather too, but not as bad as Melbourne.

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Hope they're good neighbours. Wayne's sent in to 3AW this pic of neighbour's trampoline that's blown into his pool

all trams seem to be running ok now.

Today's wild weather has kept paramedics busy, with Ambulance Victoria reporting almost 700 emergency calls. Extra ambulances have been rostered on to cope with the fallout.

As of midday on Tuesday, paramedics had responded to a total of 691 emergency calls, which included 12 car crashes, trees falling on vehicles and a collapsing brick wall, Craig Butt reports.

Some of the calls included:

- A woman who was rushed to the Western Hospital in a stable condition after she was struck by a collapsing brick wall in Yarraville, in Melbourne's west.

- A woman aged in her 40s who was showered with glass when a tree fell on to her car as she was driving in Werribee. She was taken to the Werribee Mercy hospital in a stable condition.

- A man who was unable to stop when a tree suddenly fell across the Ballarat-Maryborough Road at Clunes. He was taken to Ballarat Hospital in a stable condition.

- A woman aged in her 30s struck by plastic roof sheeting in A'Beckett Street in Melbourne who didn't require ambulance treatment

- A teenage girl who was taken to Box Hill hospital with minor injuries after the car she was in smashed into a pole at the corner of Doncaster Road and High Street in Doncaster around 4pm.

Ambulance Victoria Regional Manager Tess Tuohey has urged people to take care in the wild weather.

Yarra Trams has just cleared the disruption on Bourke Street in the CBD so Route 86/96 trams have resumed normal running.

Skiing fans - it's mostly good news for you. Check out Victoria's snow cams here



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We're thinking of you all as you struggle home after today's wild storm. This just in from Mex Cooper

More pictures coming in as people get home and discover storm damage. This unlucky home owner had 8 gum trees fall on his property.

One lane of Toorak Road near Glen Iris Road in Camberwell is closed eastbound due to fallen power lines but in good news, Queens Bridge Street has been reopened after flooding earlier shut the busy road.

In more welcome news from VicRoads:

  • the truck roll-over at Melbourne Airport that blocked lanes in both directions on Melrose Drive, near the entrance to the long-term car park, has been cleared and the road reopened;
  • Sydney Road between Harding and Bell streets in Coburg has been cleared following an earlier incident;
  • a fallen power line has been cleared from Mount Dandenong Tourist Road;
  • Raleigh Road in Maribyrnong road is clear after emergency water works;
  • Canterbury Road in Camberwell is clear;
  • all lanes are now clear on Racecourse Road near Bellair Street in Flemington; and
  • traffic lights restored on the Nepean Highway at Mornington.

Unfortunately, the Whittlesea-Kingslake Road remains closed near Parkside Road due to fallen power lines. It is expected to reopen later on Tuesday night.

The city's wild weather briefly stopped the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel in Docklands earlier on Tuesday. 

A Melbourne Star spokesman said the wheel was switched off about 1pm as winds peaked but resumed about 10 minutes later, Craig Butt reports.

Bad news for commuters heading home on the Eastern Freeway, all east-bound lanes at Balwyn North are closed after a vehicle breakdown.

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There have been heavy snow falls across Victoria's alpine region.

The state's public transport authority has apologised to commuters forced to battle service disruptions throughout the day, and says it hopes to minimise delays for the afternoon peak period.

Regional V/Line trains have been deliberately slowed down due to strong winds.

Public Transport Victoria chief executive Mark Wild said most services should be back to normal for afternoon commuters but many train lines remain closed.

Slippery roads have posed a serious danger to Victorian drivers, causing two truck roll-overs and prompting authorities to reduce the West Gate Bridge speed limit to 40 km/h earlier on Tuesday.

VicRoads is urging motorists to plan ahead, drive with caution, carry snow chains through alpine areas, and consider rescheduling road travel if possible.

"There are going to be more incidents this week as the weather continues to unfold," chief operating officer Peter Todd said.

"Make sure you are careful around fallen debris that might be across the road, look out for pedestrians ... leave a bit more room from the car in front of you and if there is water across the road, do not drive through it."

The West Gate Bridge speed limit is now 60 km/h but Mr Todd said authorities would continue to monitor weather conditions throughout the night.

Nick Toscano

The State Emergency Service has received more than 2500 calls for help since midnight as Melbourne and towns along the state's southern coastline have been battered by wild winds, Nick Toscano reports.

State Control Centre spokesman Trevor White said the damage began around Warrnambool, in Victoria's far south-west, early on Tuesday morning before moving towards Melbourne.

There were about 1600 calls for assistance from the metropolitan area, he said, which have mainly been for property damage.

"SES volunteers, the CFA and MFB have cleared about 40 per cent of all calls, but we do expect to see a surge tonight as people return home and survey the damage around their property," he said.

"We expect crews will be working through the night and into tomorrow to clear the damage."

Mr White said there had been several reports of injuries due to flying debris, as items such as trampolines and garden furniture are thrown by strong wind. Wall collapses resulting in injuries have been reported at Warrnambool and Yarraville.

Areas close to rivers and creeks, such as Southbank and Elwood, have been flooded.

About 80,000 homes were without power across the state on Tuesday.

Nick Toscano reports from an emergency services press conference that the worst of Melbourne's wild weather is over - for now.

Bureau of Meteorology's Kevin Parkyn said destructive winds had swept the state and storms roared along the coast.

"Victoria's mild start to winter certainly came to an abrupt halt today," he said.

The most intense winds were mostly between 100 and 110 km/h, but peaked at 120 km/h at Cape Otway.

More than a metre of snow is expected in some of the state's ski fields by Wednesday morning.

Mr Parkyn said the worst of Tuesday's weather had passed, "but it's not over yet".

"The bureau is likely to issue severe weather warnings for the remainder of the week," he said.

Thousands of homes and businesses on the Mornington Peninsula are without power, and with 150 weather-related repairs still to be completed, it could take some time before things are back to normal.

Damien Batey from United Energy said at the peak of Tuesday's storm drama there were about 30,000 homes and businesses affected with winds causing power lines to clash or trees falling on them.

By 4pm the number of properties without electricity had fallen to about 8000, with Frankston South, Mornington, Sorrento and Beaumaris among the centres worst hit, Aisha Dow reports.

The power company was bracing for another flurry of calls as people returned home to find damage to their properties or disruptions to their electricity supplies.

Mr Batey said it was likely some homes and businesses would remain without power until the evening.

Sorrento local Sam Greenhill said "half the main street was out" at about 11am on Tuesday.

Some stores shut down while others including doctors' surgeries were able to rely on generator power.

The Toy Workshop manager Rachel Johnston said she almost took the extraordinary step of closing at midday when she feared strong winds were about to rip the store's roof off.

"The rain was coming in sideways... We never ever shut and we actually considered it," she said.

Ms Johnston said the torrential rain has since eased, although the lights have been flickering on and off throughout the afternoon.

Impacted United Energy customers can keep up to date with the latest information from the company by visiting www.unitedenergy.com.au or following @UnitedEnergyAU on Twitter.

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