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Storms hit Melbourne and lighting worries fire services

A number of severe thunderstorms have rolled through parts of Melbourne, Geelong and the Mornington Peninsula while parts of Sydney and Wollongong are also in the path of possible storms as a week of unsettled Australian east coast weather continues. While many are concerned about the hail, wind and rain firefighters are more concerned about the accompanying lightning storms across a large area of the continent. All it needs is for one or two of the thousands of strikes to remain active in the current dry conditions and a major blaze could start.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Melbourne, as well as the entire north and east of the state on Friday lunchtime. By the afternoon, the storms in the metropolitan area had passed by but inland areas were still in the firing line.

Meanwhile, a severe storm warning is also in place covering large swathes of NSW from the Queensland border down towards the Great Dividing Range and skimming Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong and Canberra.

“Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce large hailstones and damaging winds over the next several hours,” said the BoM.

Image courtesy of Bureau of Meteorology

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