Sport

Giant hailstones pummel Melbourne

Giant hailstones pummel Melbourne
Huge trees damaged properties and a major highway was brought to a standstill as a huge supercell brought giant hailstones to Melbourne this afternoon.
Hailstones as large as 5cm in diameter pummelled Melbourne's east, southeast and city centre, as heavy rain brought some relief across Victoria's fire grounds.
The Bureau of Meteorology has warned residents to remain indoors as the "very dangerous storm" brought the giant hail which hit the city centre about 4.50pm.
Hail and heavy rainfall has lashed Melbourne this afternoon. (9News)
Giant hailstones have hit Melbourne, sending residents running for cover. (Twitter/natasha) (Twitter)
The ceiling of the Woolworths in Templestowe collapsed during the ferocious storm. (Supplied)
Damaging winds, heavy rainfall and giant hailstones created dangerous conditions and the potential for flash flooding, the Bureau of Meteorology warned.
The Monash Highway was brought to a standstill as giant hail forced motorists to pull over, while in Templestowe the ceiling of a Woolworths supermarket collapsed, sending shoppers running for cover.
One couple were taken to hospital for checks after a large tree branch fell on their car as they drove home from lunch on Bulleen Road in Bulleen this afternoon.
The 'very dangerous' supercell is currently battering Melbourne. (BOM) (Bureau of Meteorology)
The car had to be towed, the car's bonnet crushed and the front windscreen completely shattered.
The incident was one of dozens of reports of cars being damaged during the ferocious storm.
The severe thunderstorm warning was issued for a large swath of Victoria, encompassing all of the Northern Country, North Central, North East, West and South Gippsland regions and parts of Central and East Gippsland.
A Melbourne couple on their way home from lunch have been struck by a large tree branch which crushed the front of their car. (9News)
Mount Wellington in Victoria's alpine region received 22mm of rainfall in just 30 minutes.
The State Emergency Service is advising residents to secure loose outdoor furniture, umbrellas and trampolines and move cars inside or away from trees.