Six massive storm fronts swept over Victoria on Sunday; with huge hailstones and flash flooding destroying the train line between McLeod and Hurstbridge and grounding flights, at one point the BOM had a tornado warning listed for Melbourne.
”I think it affected a far bigger part of metropolitan area [than the storm last March], there was large hail and flooding in many suburbs and three severe storm cells that came across and very significant wind damage as well.
”It’s just a miracle people didn’t drown … particularly in the Eltham and Hurstbridge area.”
Flash floods upturned cars and several people needed rescuing in Eltham, where there were 175 SES call-outs.
The Eltham Retirement Centre, home to 200 residents, was hit by a wave of floodwater when a nearby railway embankment burst. It sent water up to a metre deep into 40 units at around 7pm when some residents were settling in for the night. Centre spokesman Mark Sketcher said while 30 residents needed evacuating it was lucky that no one was injured.
Wild day’s trail of destruction (2011-Dec-27) [The Age]