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Point Cook shopping centre roof collapses under rainfall as storm strikes across Melbourne

Friday January 7, 2022 - 12:48 AEDT
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Heavy rains and flash flooding has caused chaos in the western suburbs of Melbourne on Friday afternoon.

An emergency warning was issued around 5:30pm for damaging, destructive winds, large hailstones, and heavy rainfall.

It was later downgraded but parts of the state have been left badly damaged. 

It comes as strong rain earlier caused part of the roof to collapse at a Point Cook shopping centre, south-west of Melbourne.

Around 1,100 customers in western suburbs of Melbourne were without power after power lines came down around Little River. 

Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Chris Arvier said the situation has been changing rapidly.

"The good news is it does look like it's losing some of its steam, but it's still likely to hit those areas with some significant impacts associated with it," he said. 

The storm was tracking towards Melbourne's eastern suburbs.

"The severity is not quite as strong as when the cell was over the western part of the city this afternoon," Mr Arvier said.

"While the situation has eased from a dangerous storm, they are still likely to have some significant impacts."

A second severe storm warning was issued for other parts of regional Victoria.

Areas that may be affected include Horsham, Shepparton, Seymour, Maryborough, Ballarat, Melbourne, and Traralgon.


© ABC 2022

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