Melbourne boom forecast: 110,000 without power, Qld next

Shocking footage has emerged after a storm smashed Victoria, with about 110,000 properties across the state still without electricity.

A tree has burst into flames and a power line exploded in terrifying footage to emerge after violent storms whipped parts of Australia.

It happens as more than 100,000 Victorians remain without power as a result of the storms due to concerns that the electricity crisis could extend into next week.

Emergency crews responded to dozens of calls for help after heavy rain and strong winds knocked down trees and power lines and tore buildings apart.

Wind gusts exceeded 110 km per hour in some areas, with conditions leaving 518,000 Victorians without power most of Friday.

Scary footage uploaded to Tik Tok showed that a tree was on fire and a power line exploded during the storms, while strong winds pushed trees into dangerous positions.

Additional footage uploaded to the social media platform also showed several garage doors in a residential complex in Melbourne close up strapped from their hinges.

The Australian energy market operator said on Saturday that there were still around 110,000 properties across the state without electricity due to the wind and heavy rainfall.

The energy operator predicted that some homes would be without power for the rest of the weekend and potentially early next week.

The outer eastern and northern suburbs of Melbourne, along with eastern and north-eastern Victoria, remain hardest hit, with more than 61,000 people without power.

At home in the outer western suburbs, central and western Victorian as well as southeastern Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula, more than 40,000 people were without power Saturday morning.

Hundreds in Melbourne’s CBD and inner suburbs remained affected, with around 5,000 in north-west Melbourne also without electricity.

“Network crews have restored power to more than 400,000 properties, endured challenging weather conditions, falling trees and access problems to repair damaged power lines and critical energy infrastructure,” AEMO said.

“Victorians traveling this weekend should consider their plans to visit areas with significant storm damage, floods and power outages.”

The chaos comes after violent storms across eastern and southern Australia overnight on Thursday and Friday mornings, with homes across Adelaide and Sydney also affected.

Storms in Melbourne ripped roofs off houses, tore trees off the ground and knocked over a truck on a major Melbourne road.

Emergency services responded to dozens of calls for help, mostly with wood damage, trees falling down and building damage.

Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp said clean-up efforts were mainly concentrated around Berwick, in the south-east of Melbourne, down to the Mornington Peninsula.

He said Frankston, Sorrento and Hastings emergency crews had had over 500 requests for assistance.

There had also been 5,000 requests through Forest Fire Management Victoria for help.

“They can basically be divided into about 4,000 related to trees, then trees down, trees across power lines and driveways,” he said.

“The other thousands are in relation to building damage. And it goes from quite small to around several houses being classified as uninhabitable. ”

Temperatures are expected to improve in Melbourne in the coming days, with no severe weather warnings currently issued to the state.

But severe weather is expected to hit northern NSW and southern QLD over the next few days, with another severe weather system expected to move through the northeastern states.

The agency on Friday issued warnings of severe thunderstorms, including damaging winds, heavy hail and heavy rain, to southern Queensland’s Central West, Channel Country and Maranoa and Warrego districts.

The same warning was issued for large parts of northeastern NSW, including the North West Slopes and Plains and parts of the Mid North Coast, Hunter and Northern Tablelands.

The storm will continue in northern New South Wales and southern Queensland before the trough jumps up in Queensland over the course of Saturday, bringing the risk of storms to Brisbane.

rhiannon.tuffield@news.com.au

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