Fierce storms cause Melbourne travel chaos

Most of the 50,000 Victorians who lost power have been reconnected after fierce storms lashed the state.

At 4.30pm on Monday only a handful of homes and businesses were still without power and most are expected to be reconnected by 9pm.

The Bureau of Meteorology said that Victoria was not in for a repeat of last night’s wild conditions, with the rain and wind gusts expected to clear by late Monday night.

“The radar’s not really showing much in the way of shower activity in Melbourne now,” Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Chris Godfred said.

The lightning, as seen from Templestowe Lower. Photo: Dave Swann
The lightning, as seen from Templestowe Lower. Photo: Dave Swann

“Once we get towards mid to late evening the risk of showers in Melbourne will be pretty much gone. Maybe over the next hour or two there’s a slight chance of showers, mainly in the southern part of the bay.”

The storm front began its path across Victoria on Sunday night, with thunder and lightning reaching Melbourne about 2am.

Heavy rain and storms continued throughout the morning, causing chaos to the train network, trapping motorists in flash floods, delaying flights at Melbourne Airport and sparking lightning fires in several areas.

Victorians were shocked by the noise of the storm.

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