6 Mar 2010

Golf ball-sized hailstones fall on Melbourne

7:51 pm on 6 March 2010

Severe thunderstorms have hit Melbourne as parts of Victoria are lashed by strong winds and large hailstones.

Hailstones the size of golf balls have hit the suburb of Melton, as a line of storms moved through the west of the state.

Winds of more 100km/h have been recorded at Melbourne Airport while nearly 40mm of rain fell at Rockbank, west of the city.

Streets across Melbourne's CBD have been flooded and police are warning people not to drive through the flooded areas after some motorists became trapped.

Trains and trams have been disrupted by the weather.

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology says the storms will continue through to Saturday evening and heavy rain is likely.

ABC reports that Southern Cross Railway Station is blocked off and commuters have been stranded after hail damaged the roof.