Wild winds tear roof off shops as aged forced to evacuate
Wild weather in country Victoria has lifted the roof off a shopping centre, left motorists stranded and led to the evacuation of an aged care facility.
The State Emergency Service has received more than 200 calls for help since midnight Tuesday as flooding and strong winds hit parts of the state.
About 70 of the requests were from Shepparton, where five people were trapped in their vehicles due to flooding.
There were 12 calls for help at Rushworth in the state's northwest, where 25 people were evacuated from a flooded aged care facility on Wednesday night.
High winds also forced the roof off the IGA supermarket next door, SES spokesman Toby Borella said.
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for heavy rain for people in the northern country, north central, north east, west, central and South and East Gippsland areas.
Senior BoM forecaster Dean Stewart said heavy rain had lashed the Benalla and Shepparton areas in northeast and northern Victoria.
Shepparton received 38mm of rain between 6.30pm and 9.30pm .
Mr Stewart said the rest of north east Victoria is likely to experience heavy rain overnight with the chance of thunderstorms.
"It's still going to rain pretty hard through parts of northeast Victoria, and places like Mount Hotham could get quite a bit more overnight," he said.
Since 9am Wednesday, Benalla has received 76 millimetres of rain, Mt Hotham 69mm and Mt Bulla 61mm.