Thunderstorms roll into Melbourne as wild weather continues across the state for third day

Parts of Melbourne have been hit by flash flooding as wild weather delivers heavy rain, damaging winds and large hail across Victoria for a third day.

Severe thunderstorm warnings have been issued as a cluster of storms crosses the city while major regional centers are also being affected.

People are being warned to avoid unnecessary travel, check on the conditions in their area and in some cases, prepare for flash flooding.

Flash flooding has already hit some areas such as Werribee, in Melbourne’s west, Ballarat and the Brisbane Ranges.

A rainy streetscape.  Large droplets are visible and the road is soaked
Heavy rain and hailstones have been reported at Brunswick, in Melbourne’s inner-north.(ABC News: Yara Murray-Atfield)

In Melbourne, the storms are rolling into the city’s south-east including Pakenham, Frankston and Dandenong, while in regional Victoria, locations such as Bendigo, Geelong, Traralgon, and Bairnsdale are being warned to expect severe conditions.

Thousands of people remain without power across the state after a series of earlier thunderstorms caused damage to property, brought down many trees and led to people being rescued from their cars over the past few days.

The view of a stormy Melbourne skyline from a skyrise window.
Heavy rain started falling across the city around 2pm.(Twitter: Peter Phoebe)

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