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Storms lash the Goulburn Valley

Check here for any updates on the storms that are whipping through the Goulburn Valley tonight.

CHLOE WARBURTON May 27, 2014 5:19pm

David Cline took this photo at Kialla Park Recreation Reserve as the storm rolled in.


David Cline took this photo at Kialla Park Recreation Reserve as the storm rolled in.
Jess Rumsey sent this photo taken a minute before the storm hit her north Shepparton home.
Some of the hail that pelted down in north Shepparton. Photo by Jess Rumsey.
Bianca Maddick sent this photo from her Echuca backyard after the storm lifted her trampoline.
The Bureau of Meterology radar shows the storm.

UPDATE, 7.13pm: Power outages are expected to be resolved in the next few hours.

In Cobram, 80 customers are without power and are estimated to be restored by 8pm, along with more than 100 customers in Katunga, almost 200 in Koonoomoo and 150 in Strathmerton.

In the Kialla area, three dozen customers are affected with power estimated to be restored by 8pm. 

More than 50 customers in Shepparton have been affected, with power estimated to be restored by 9.30pm.

In Kyabram, hundreds of customers were affected, with power estimated to be restored by 6.30pm, along with more than 200 affected customers in Lancaster, almost 300 in Undera and more than 60 in Merrigum. Customers in Wyuna have also been affected.

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UPDATE, 6.22pm: The Bureau of Meterology has advised severe thunderstorms are no longer occurring in Victoria.

The immediate threat of severe thunderstorms has passed, but the situation will continue to be monitored and further warnings will be issued if necessary.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should: 
* Keep clear of fallen power lines. 
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains. 
* Don't walk, ride your bike or drive through flood water. 

UPDATE, 6.04pm: Journalist Jenna Bishop has reported powerlines are down on Church St in Kyabram and the road is closed between Tulloh St and McCormick Rd. Please be careful in the area.

UPDATE, 5.54pm: Journalist Jenna Bishop and photographer Simon Bingham are on scene and report Brewer Rd near Kyabram is closed between McEwen Rd and Kyabram-Byrnside Rd, with a tree down on the road. There are also reports of a school and church damaged by the storm.

UPDATE, 5.43pm: Powercor is reporting dozens of power outages in Kialla and Kialla East. Customers affected can expect power to be resorted about 8pm.

Hundreds of power outages have been reported in Kyabram, particularly in the Allen St area, and are currently under investigation. Several properties in Wyuna, St Germains, Lancaster are also affected. Some have been partially restored.

"Significant" (more than 3000 according to Powercor) power outages have also been reported in the Cobram area.

UPDATE, 5.32pm: David Cline was taking this panorama of the incoming storm at Kialla Park Recreation Reserve when a crack of lightning flashed.

Storm May 27 2014 Photo by David Cline

UPDATE, 5.20pm: A storm about 5pm tonight which appears to have come through the south of Kyabram and onto Mooroopna and Shepparton has caused many trees in the district to fall over roads. We have had reports of trees over roads on the Midland Hwy and other district roads - please take care of travelling tonight. Power is also reported to be out in parts of Kyabram.

5pm: The Bureau of Meterology has issued a severe storm warning for parts of the northern country and north-east, with locations likely to be affected including Shepparton, Echuca, Euroa, Wodonga, Wangaratta and Mansfield.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours. 

The State Emergency Service advises that people should: 

* Keep clear of fallen power lines. 
* secure any loose objects in the vicinity of your home. 
* keep away from creeks and drains. 
* do not drive vehicles through flooded areas. 
* stay indoors if possible. 
* Avoid using the phone during the storm. 
* if you are outside, avoid sheltering under trees 
* listen to the radio for storm updates 
* switch off your computer and electrical appliances 

 

The next warning is due to be issued by 7:30 pm.

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