Severe storms lashed Victoria overnight

WIDESPREAD severe storms swept through Victoria overnight, bringing heavy rain and strong winds.

A low pressure trough and cold front provided the trigger for the storms. The clash of cold air with warm and humid air intensified the storm activity.

Melbourne picked up scattered falls of 10-50 mm overnight. Ferny Creek gained 46mm to 9am, the highest since March and the city got 17mm, the highest in two weeks. The heavy rain was accompanied by strong winds, which gusted up to 81km/h at St Kilda.

The state’s highest rain totals and strongest winds were recorded about the Alps. Mt Hotham gained 79mm to 9am, the highest since February. Winds gusted up to 113km/h at Mt Buller.

A severe weather warning was issued on Thursday due to the risk of flash flooding in East Gippsland and the Northeast. The rain is continuing to fall about the states east this morning but is expected to clear during the afternoon.

Skies will be mostly clear across the state on Friday, under a high pressure system.

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