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.
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 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.
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.