Storms move past Melbourne after dumping heavy rain over the city and northern suburbs

Heavy rain in Bourke Street mall about 1pm. Severe storms have lashed Shepparton, in Victoria’s north, with reports of a tornado touching down near the the town.
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A resident from Merrigum, west of Shepparton, called the Bureau of Meteorology claiming to have seen the mini tornado shortly after 3pm.

Forecaster Stephen McGibbony said the weather radar showed a supercell storm hit Shepparton at the same time.

“We could see that the storm itself showed the characterisitcs of a rotating, supercell storm,” he said.

Mr McGibbony said the fleeting but severe storm had passed Shepparton by 3.50pm.

“On the radar at the moment that cell certainly doesn’t look anywhere near as intense as it was a short time ago,” he said.

The storm reportedly brought down trees in the area and caused minor flooding, but residents said sunshine returned to the town as soon as the storm passed.

Mr McGibbony said conditions were still ripe for severe storms, which were forming along a cool wind change moving across Victoria.

A warning for destructive wind, heavy rain and large hail remains in place for parts of the Central, East Gippsland, Northern Country north Central, North East and West and South Gippsland districts.

In Melbourne’s south-east, the roof of a house on Park Boulevard in Pakenham collapsed after it was reportedly hit by lightning about 2pm.

Four people were inside the home at the time and while paramedics were called none of the occupants had to be taken to hospital.

Phoebe Bardella’s mother was reading to two of her young children when lighting struck.

“There was a massive bang and a split second later the ceiling was on top of us,” Ms Bardella told Channel 7, “We can’t believe no-one was hurt and that we are still alive.”

Mr McGibbony said Melbourne saw “quite a bit” of lightning and thunder as the storm front crossed the CBD and headed towards Melbourne’s northern suburbs.

More than 2270 lightning strikes were recorded within a 50-kilometre radius of Melbourne’s CBD by Global Position and Tracking Systems.

Much of the lightning activity was recorded between 11am to 3pm.

Flights in and out of Tullamarine Airport were delayed, as ground staff were called inside due to the lightning.

Heavy rain pelted Melbourne’s CBD for about 30 minutes from 1pm, before easing.

The CBD received about 3 millimetres of rain, but between 10 and 15 millimetres fell in northern suburbs.

Mr McGibbony said Melbourne saw the last of the storms about 2.30pm.

“Those storms will clear away to the east and there shouldn’t be any more for Melbourne,” he said.

“There’s nothing else on radar west of Melbourne, so Melbourne seems to be done for the day in terms of storms.” Storm activity  #melbweather#Melbournehttp://t.co/7xThuwsRCGpic.twitter苏州美甲美睫培训学校/iqvGmJkyYT — City of Melbourne (@cityofmelbourne) February 23, 2015This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on 苏州美甲美睫培训学校.

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