SES continues cleaning as wild weather retreats from parts of Victoria


Severe thunderstorms are expected to hit eastern parts of the state today as Victoria continues to count the cost after days of wild weather.

The state emergency service spokesman said 10 people had been rescued from their cars in Victoria in the past 24 hours up to 3pm on Saturday.

The SES received more than 400 calls for help in the last 24 hours as of 6 p.m., with the top three calls being for building damage, flooding and downed trees.

Over the past two days, SES has received more than 2,000 calls for help.

More than 1,000 Victorian properties were still without power around 6 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

But Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Miriam Bradbury said the worst of the storm was over in Melbourne.

“The low pressure trough, which is responsible for all of the thunderstorm activity we’ve seen over the past couple of days, that trough is going to move into the eastern part of the state,” she said.

Beauty business Geelong Lash Baby suffered severe damage in recent storms.(ABC News: Rachel Clayton)

“We could still see a risk of severe thunderstorms…in northeastern parts of Victoria, Mount Hotham, Falls Creek…and lower areas like Albury-Wodonga, Beechworth.

Ms Bradbury said western parts of the state were looking at a largely dry day on Saturday.

“So across Melbourne there is a slight chance of showers, mainly in the eastern suburbs,” she said.

“[But] we might see some sunshine through the western district.”

She said Melbourne was looking at a high of 24 degrees Celsius, but Sunday would be warmer at 28 degrees.

However, Ms Bradbury said it would continue to be heavy throughout the weekend, with relief coming over the week.

“We will likely see continued showers in the south and east on Monday and Tuesday,” she said.

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