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Melbourne, Adelaide weather: Supercell thunderstorm forecast, thousands without power

Wild weather continues to lash several states, bringing golf ball-sized hail and damaging winds with the bureau revealing which area is next in the firing line.

Thousands of homes across Victoria and South Australia remain without power as a wild weather system sweeps across the nation’s southeast, with more damaging winds, hail, and heavy rain on the way.

Melbourne residents woke to galeforce winds and rain with motorists warned traffic lights were out across the city, while fallen trees were blocking roads and also the Glen Waverley train line.

High winds are expected to continue into the late morning as thousands of residents continue to struggle with power outages.

“And I thought there were only four horsemen of the apocalypse,” wrote Melbourne-based comedian and actor Magda Szubanski.

“This is getting scary. Take care people.”

The Bureau reported more than 500,000 lightning strikes hit South Australia, Victoria and southern NSW over the past 24 hours as a deep low pressure system moves towards Bass Strait.

Hobart copped 40mm overnight and several areas of Tasmania are on floodwatch.

Elsewhere, a huge damage bill is expected for Adelaide and surrounding regions after golf ball-sized hail pelted the suburbs on Thursday, and severe wind triggered thousands of calls for assistance to the State Emergency Service.

The weather was so intense that the Bureau of Meteorology Adelaide office had to be evacuated.

Many South Australian homes remained without power on Friday morning, with authorities working to clear trees that fell overnight.

“Batten down the hatches. I have thousands of dollars damage to my house and a couple of cars with damage including my poor sons who is probably a write off,” wrote Penny Artis on Facebook.

That intense system has moved east, and on Friday morning was bearing down on Victoria, bringing torrential rain, damaging wind, and cutting power to thousands of homes.

The state’s west and northwest appeared to be particularly affected by outages.

“It was spectacular last night, watching the light show, which went on for hours and hours,” wrote Caroline Jane Knight.

“But it was so loud, all night, I’ve hardly slept at all. No power this morning, the wind storm is still going.

“Just went out to find a coffee and half the roads are blocked by fallen branches, we’ve gone miles to get to coffee shop with power.”

Gusts of 143km/h were reported at Mount William in the Grampians National Park – nearly double what is considered ‘gale force’ – while a severe weather warning remains active for the western and central Victorian coasts, Greater Melbourne, Gippsland, and the Mornington Peninsula.

The Bureau of Meteorology said the danger is likely to shift towards northern NSW and Queensland this afternoon.

“It’s about Victoria and Tassie this morning but things are already shifting,” said senior meteorologist Jonathan How.

Mr How said it was steamy day for northeast NSW and southern Queensland, but temperatures of up to 36 degrees would be hosed down by a potential supercell thunderstorm on Friday afternoon.

“There’s also the possibility of tornadoes, we can’t rule that out,” Mr How said.

The system will linger over Brisbane and the Gold Coast into Saturday before easing on Sunday.


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