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Extremely intense winds have wreaked havoc across Victoria this morning, bringing down trees, powerlines, bringing public transport to a halt and leaving tens of thousands without power.
The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) issued a severe weather warning for powerful winds this morning, with gusts of up to 100km/h already recorded Melbourne and 143km/h in South Channel Island.

The State Emergency Service (SES) already have already received more than 600 calls for help and have responded to reports of more than 400 fallen trees, including one across train tracks in Glen Waverley and another that struck a bus in Narre Warren.

“We’re being warned that the worst is yet to come,” 9News reporter Isabella Starkowski said.

“These conditions are actually becoming quite dangerous.

“We are being told that the Bayside suburbs, suburbs in the Mornington Peninsula and on the Bass Coast are going to cop the brunt of it and I’m saturated.

“This wind is only getting stronger…a tree has fallen on a bus, the police is here, powerlines are down.

Intense wind gusts have wreaked havoc across Victoria this morning (9News)

“There are more than 90,000 homes right now across Victoria without power. I can also tell you that at least three train lines are down because there are trees over the train tracks.

“It is actually hard to stay upright.

“There is just widespread damage across the state. People are saying that on St Kilda Road in St Kilda there is corrugated sheets of iron flying across the road.”

Winds in excess of 110km/h have been forecast for areas of Melbourne. (9News)
A powerful storm has felled trees in Melbourne. (9News)

Year 12 exams have been cancelled across a number of schools due to the unsafe conditions, with authorities warning residents in affected areas to practice extreme caution and remain indoors where possible.

A number of properties have been told that power will not be able to be restored until Monday morning and authorities say the freak conditions are set to last for a several more hours yet.

Roofs have been torn from buildings across Melbourne. (9News)
Authorities have told residents to batten down the hatches with conditions set to last several more hours yet. (9News)

Sydney temperatures to rise but storms ahead

Meanwhile in Sydney, temperatures of 33C in the city and 34C in the west are predicted.

Although it will be hot, residents have been told to prepare for turbulent conditions with potentially severe storms expected to brew over the afternoon from Sydney up to the Queensland border and as far inland as Coonabarabran.

Like Melbourne, it’ll also be windy, with strong gusts of up to 45 kilometres an hour expected in some areas.

“Damaging winds are most likely but hail and heavy rain possible,” a BoM warning states.

Unseasonally hot weather will set in across Sydney today followed by possible storms and strong wind. (Getty)

The hot conditions are unseasonably warm for this time of year, roughly between 5C-10C above average.

The heat will trail off in Sydney by tomorrow, with a return to a more stable 19C by Saturday morning.

Elsewhere across the country, It’ll be a fine and mostly sunny day for Canberrans, heavy rain is expected to fall in Hobart, morning showers in Adelaide, a partly cloudy but warm day is expected in Perth, and possible storms in Darwin.

Australia has been rocked by wild weather the past week.

Adelaide storm

Golf-ball sized hail hits South Australia during severe storm

A massive dust storm also swept across an outback town in south-west Queensland, with efforts now being to assist in a massive clean-up.

Source: 9News

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