The Bureau of Meteorology also issued a warning for Melbourne, Victoria’s South West, and South and East Gippsland districts, which included the popular holiday destinations along the Bellarine Peninsula and Mornington Peninsula.
The roof of Sanctuary Lakes Shopping Centre in Point Cook in Melbourne’s west collapsed under heavy rainfall, causing a loud noise as debris crashed to the ground and shoppers screamed in fear.
Water then seeped into nearby shops.
Down the road in Laverton, water seeped into a BP service station through a skylight.
Across Port Phillip Bay in Frankston shoppers also had to be evacuated from Karingal Hub, where part of the roof also collapsed.
The downpour also led to flash flooding in Melbourne’s western suburbs, with roads in Laverton Drivers have been forced to pull over and halt their travels amid the wild weather.
According to Weatherzone, a storm cell that impacted Point Cook just after 1.10pm brought destructive winds of 150km/h and more than 16mm of rain three minutes.
Nearly 19mm and 10mm were recorded in 10 minutes nearby at Weribee and Tullamarine.
More than 45,000 lightning strikes were registered within 100km of Melbourne by 3.15pm, nearly 4,000 of which reached the ground. completely inundated.