Swifts Creek in the Tambo Valley recorded the state’s highest rainfall total with 139 millimeters of rain since 9am on Friday. Parts of central Victoria recorded between 50 and 80 millimeters of rain, Ms Bradbury said.
Ms Bradbury said the storms had developed in the southwest during Friday morning before intensifying and pushing towards central parts of the state in the afternoon and evening.
The front then continued across the eastern parts of the state overnight, with lightning activity recorded near Mount Hotham on Saturday morning.
“That’s what storms can do. They come in quickly, they dump a lot of rain and then they move out fairly quickly again after that, ”she said.
In Elwood, a man in a four-wheel-drive was swept down a creek after attempting to cross a submerged road, before the vehicle became lodged at a nearby bridge on Friday.
The driver – believed to have been working for a ride-share company and carrying a passenger – had to climb out of his vehicle’s window to get to safety.
A witness told Nine News that when the man drove into the water the “car just went up and was floating down” the creek.
Hailstones with a diameter larger than a 20 ¢ coin were seen in Melbourne’s inner east on Friday afternoon, while Springvale recorded 35 millimeters of rain in 30 minutes.
Heavy rain and flooding caused difficulties on Melbourne’s roads and public transport networks, with Burke Road inbound on the Monash Freeway closed and parts of the Mernda line out of service until mid-evening due to the extreme weather.
Staff at the Butcher’s Club at Chadstone shopping center said loading bays were flooded underneath the complex in Melbourne’s east.
The downpour came after thunderstorms wreaked havoc in Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula on Thursday evening, with torrential rain causing widespread flooding in the area and causing the roof of a 10-pin bowling center to collapse.
Barwon Health confirmed several patients had sought treatment with head injuries and limb wounds from flying debris in the storm, while Greater Geelong Council received hundreds of calls from residents seeking help with flooding, drainage issues, building damage and fallen trees.
The front traveled to Geelong after drenching Mildura overnight, prompting more than 100 calls for assistance to the SES.
With Ashleigh McMillan and Benjamin Preiss
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