Woolworths roof collapses as hail and torrential rain batter Melbourne

Woolworths supermarket roof collapses and trees are ‘shredded’ as huge golf ball-sized hail and torrential rain smash Melbourne – before thousands are told to take shelter

  • Melbourne is being smashed with a horror hail storm that is ‘shredding’ trees  
  • Woolworths supermarket roof was filmed collapsing under the weight of the rain 
  • People shared photos of hailstones as big as the palms of their hands
  • A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for large swathes of Melbourne 

Melbourne is being smashed with a horror hail storm that is ‘shredding’ trees and causing supermarket roofs to collapse.

A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for large swathes of Melbourne out to bushfire-ravaged East Gippsland on Sunday afternoon, before ‘golf ball-sized’ hail started to fall.

Terrified residents said temperatures suddenly plunged from 30C as the giant hail began to fall, before they were urged to stay indoors for their own safety. 

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A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for large areas of Victoria as heavy rainfall and ‘giant hailstones’ begin to batter the state with one Woolworths being inundated (pictured)

Residents from areas of Victoria have taken to social media to share images of hailstones as big as their hands (pictured)

People shared photos of hailstones as big as the palms of their hands, and the storm is set to continue over the city’s CBD on Sunday evening, 

The Bureau of Meteorology reported 5cm hail was reported in the Glen Iris area and golf ball sized hail across a number of eastern Melbourne suburbs.

Some areas are also at risk of flash flooding.  

In the Melbourne suburb of Templestowe the roof of a Woolworths supermarket was filmed collapsing under the weight of the torrential rain. 

Footage shared online shows water cascading into the store as customers try to avoid the area. 

Meanwhile Krystian Seibert, from Hawthorn, said the hail was ‘shredding’ trees. 

‘The hail sounded like a pinball machine with golf ball sized hailstones falling,’ he told the Herald Sun.

‘I’ve lived in Melbourne for a long time and I’ve never seen or experienced something like this.’

Warrandyte was also battered by giant hailstones, while there were reports of cars being damaged on the Monash Freeway near Melbourne.   

The thunderstorm is expected to create the wettest two-day period in months with 40mm already recorded in Mt Elizabeth in just 30 minutes.  

‘We’re going to see some potentially flash flooding and severe thunderstorms over the next couple of days, including some damaged fire areas,’ Emergency Services Minister Lisa Neville warned on Sunday.

The weather bureau confirmed the state was about to be hit by downpours but the rainfall would be ‘hit and miss’ and unlikely to put out blazes burning in the state.

Warrandyte (pictured) was battered by giant hailstones on Sunday afternoon while there were reports of cars being damaged on the Monash Freeway near Melbourne

Heavy rain, damaging winds and large hail are possible in eastern parts of the state including East Gippsland where fires continue to burn

‘Victoria is about to see its wettest two-day period in many, many months,’ Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Dean Narramore said on Sunday.

‘It will also impact fire zones as well,’ he said and a flood watch would be in place for eastern parts of the state from Sunday afternoon.

While rain is welcome it could be ‘hit and miss’ with totals varying between 5mm to 15mm but ‘isolated falls’ of 30mm to 50mm could hit certain areas, Mr Narramore said.

While rain was welcome in the state it did come with dangers.

‘Unfortunately coming in this massive amount in one go, quickly does cause some risk … both in how you capture most of that … and also debris run-off and the potential for fallen trees,’ the emergency services minister said.

Residents in fire affected areas are being warned rainfall run-off into waterways may contain debris such as ash, soil, trees and rocks.

‘Be alert that in areas recently affected by fires, heavy rainfall increases the potential for landslides and debris across roads,’ the warning read. 

The dangerous conditions come as firefighters work to contain a blaze at French Island at Western Port which started on Saturday.

More than 87 hectares was destroyed but only one outbuilding was damaged but the blaze did come very close to homes, authorities confirmed.

‘Victoria is about to see its wettest two-day period in many, many months,’ Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Dean Narramore said on Sunday as hail battered areas of the state

Residents were forced to take shelter as the massive hailstones battered their properties as the rainfall began to get heavier (pictured)

The severe thunderstorm came so quickly some residents weren’t able to cover their cars in time with reports of cars being damaged on the Monash Freeway

SES ADVICE FOR PEOPLE IN AFFECTED AREAS

* Check that loose items such as outdoor settings, umbrellas and trampolines are safely secured and move vehicles under cover or away from trees.

* Stay indoors and away from windows.

* If outdoors, move to a safe place indoors. Stay away from trees, drains, gutters, creeks and waterways.

* If driving conditions are dangerous, safely pull over away from trees, drains, low-lying areas and floodwater. Avoid travel if possible.

* Stay safe by avoiding dangerous hazards, such as floodwater, mud, debris, damaged roads and fallen trees.

* Stay away from fallen powerlines always assume they are live.

* Stay informed monitor weather warnings, forecasts and river levels at the Bureau of Meteorology website, and warnings through VicEmergency.

‘Basically the fire on French Island did move very rapidly yesterday … we basically got large air tankers in there quickly … we actually had to take fire trucks across on a barge,’ Deputy Emergency Management Commissioner Chris Stephenson said.

‘The news this morning is quite good and we hope we will contain that fire sometime later today.’

The cause of the blaze is still unknown.

Across the state 396 homes had been destroyed in bushfires across the state and more than 600 outbuildings including sheds had also been razed.

In the last week more than 223 blazes started in Victoria and of those 20 were classed as ‘significant’ and burned more than 50 hectares.

AUSTRALIA’S FIVE DAY WEATHER FORECAST:

 SYDNEY

Monday: Min 21, Max 28

Tuesday: Min 20, Max 31 

Wednesday: Min 21, Max 29 

Thursday: Min 23, Max 37

Friday:  Min 23, Max 29

BRISBANE

Monday: Min 24, Max 33

Tuesday: Min 24, Max 35

Wednesday: Min 25, Max 34 

Thursday: Min 25, Max 34 

Friday: Min 25, Max 34 

MELBOURNE

Monday: Min 18, Max 21 

Tuesday: Min 15, Max 21

Wednesday: Min 15, Max 31

Thursday: Min 15, Max 22

Friday: Min 13, Max 23

ADELAIDE

Monday: Min 16, Max 23

Tuesday: Min 14, Max 27 

Wednesday: Min 20, Max 31 

Thursday: Min 15, Max 22 

Friday: Min 15, Max 24 

HOBART

Monday: Min 14, Max 17

Tuesday: Min 13, Max 20 

Wednesday: Min 12, Max 28 

Thursday: Min 16, Max 21

Friday: Min 13, Max 21 

 PERTH

Monday: Min 18, Max 31 

Tuesday: Min 16, Max 25

Wednesday: Min 14, Max 25

Thursday: Min 15, Max 28

Friday: Min 16, Max 31

 DARWIN 

Monday: Min 27, Max 33

Tuesday: Min 26, Max 33

Wednesday: Min 26, Max 32

Thursday: Min 25, Max 31 

Friday: Min 26, Max 32

 CANBERRA 

 Monday: Min 15, Max 27

Tuesday: Min 14, Max 25

Wednesday: Min 13, Max 32

Thursday: Min 19, Max 31

Friday: Min 14, Max 28

 

 

 

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