The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe weather warning over southern Victoria on Friday morning with gusts of up to 143km/h in areas around the city.
As of 9am on Friday, Victoria State of Emergency Service (VICSES) received 1,670 requests for assistance as wild storms and fallen trees damaged cars and properties.
“Please be patient while our incredible volunteers work through this large number of call-outs,” VICSES tweeted.
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Storms have also left at least 50,000 AusNet customers without power as strong winds are forecast to continue throughout Melbourne on Friday morning.
“Strong winds are forecast to continue through the morning and the situation is still developing,” AusNet tweeted.
“Please continue to follow safety advice from emergency services.”
One social media user said they’ve “never seen winds so strong” and shared a video of trees being blown and bent at nearly at a 45 degree angle.
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Another person captured a “near miss” tree branch falling onto the straps of a riverside restaurant at Northbank, Melbourne.
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Overnight, gale-force winds thrashed residential streets, tearing off windows, doors with trees flinging onto cars.
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One person recorded gusty winds and empty streets while walking through Melbourne’s CBD.
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Another person posted a video of a busy Melbourne street, capturing footage of a sheet of steel tossed into the air and hitting a ute as winds gust over 100km/h.
“St Kilda Rd, St Kilda. Avoid if possible!” another wrote.
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Under dangerous weather conditions, the State Emergency Service advises that people should:
If driving conditions are dangerous, safely pull over away from trees, drains, low-lying areas and floodwater. Avoid travel if possible.
Stay safe by avoiding dangerous hazards, such as floodwater, mud, debris, damaged roads and fallen trees.
Be aware – heat, fire or recent storms may make trees unstable and more likely to fall when it’s windy or wet.
Check that loose items, such as outdoor settings, umbrellas and trampolines are safely secured. Move vehicles under cover or away from trees.
Stay indoors and away from windows.
If outdoors, move to a safe place indoors. Stay away from trees, drains, gutters, creeks and waterways.
Stay away from fallen powerlines – always assume they are live.
Be aware that in fire affected areas, rainfall run-off into waterways may contain debris such as ash, soil, trees and rocks. Heavy rainfall may also increase the potential for landslides and debris across roads.
Stay informed: Monitor weather warnings, forecasts and river levels at the Bureau of Meteorology website, and warnings through VicEmergency website/app/hotline.

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