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Victoria braces for more wild weather, as bushfires continue to burn

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<p>Large hail, heavy rain and damaging winds will hit Victoria this afternoon, with the entire state at risk of wild weather.</p>

Large hail, heavy rain and damaging winds will hit Victoria this afternoon, with the entire state at risk of wild weather.

A new warning issued by the Bureau of Meteorology at 10.45am said large hail, heavy rain and damaging winds are approaching, with the worst conditions expected in the north and north east.


Heavy rain has already started in parts, with 27mm falling in the hour between 8am and 9am at Bloomfield Park Everton, south of Albury.

Earlier, Emergency Services Minister Lisa Neville warned some areas damaged by bush fires will be hit

"We're going to see some potentially flash flooding and severe thunderstorms over the next couple of days, including some damaged fire areas," she said.

The new warning comes as the clean-up from yesterday's severe hail storm continues.

Golf-ball sizes hail smashed Melbourne and regional areas, with falling trees wreaking havoc and roads becoming dangerous standstill as the 'supercell' storm hit.

The Monash Highway was lobbed with giant hail that forced motorists to pull over, while in Templestowe the ceiling of a Woolworths supermarket collapsed, sending shoppers running for cover.


One couple was 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.

Weather warnings were issued for Northern Country, North Central, North East, West and South Gippsland regions and parts of Central and East Gippsland.

Meanwhile, a fire north West of Melbourne in the Macedon Ranges of Victoria, flared to emergency level last night.

Locals living in the rural Pastoria area, between Melbourne and Bendigo, were warned at around 9.30pm to take shelter as the fire approached.

Images show huge flames engulfing trees around the Baynton Rd area.

The fire has now been downgraded to Watch and Act level, but residents are being warned it is not yet under control.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/victoria-weather-storms-hail-and-wind-forecast-for-melbourne-as-bushfire-burns-in-pastoria/918fd15b-2843-4787-9ca7-267d7717b8e2

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