Towns across northeast Victoria are facing a big clean up after mini tornadoes tore across the state last night.By Chloe Warburton
UPDATE, 2.44pm: Lyndon and Sharon Kubeil's Tamleugh North home was almost completely destroyed by last night's storms and Lyndon says they're just lucky no one was injured. Hear them speak about the destruction in this video.
UPDATE, 12.25pm: Sophie and Ray are now heading back on Shepparton-Violet Town Rd and there's very few trees left intact.
UPDATE, 11.52am: This little calf on Lex and Sandra Finlay's property is unscathed, despite the destruction around him last night.
Sophie sent this photo from Lex and Sandra Finlay' property. It's all that's left of an 80-year-old shed that has a lot of history - there used to be community dances and parties held in it.
There's also a hay feeder lodged in a tree at Lex Finlay's place. Lex has lived on the land his whole life and said he's never seen anything like it. He told a neighbour he could keep the feeder if he can get it out.
UPDATE, 11.47am: Another photo from Sophie and Ray of trees stripped bare at Tamleugh.
UPDATE, 10.35am: We've just heard from photographer Ray Sizer and journalist Sophie Malcolm, who are out at Tamleugh this morning.
They're speaking to Lyndon and Sharon Kubeil, who are devastated at the destruction left behind after the storm last night. Their Shepparton-Violet Town Rd house has been almost completely destroyed.
Every window except one has shattered and initial reports say a couch was thrown 3m across a room.
"I've never seen anything like this, ever," Sophie told us.
Lyndon and Sharon Kubiel's Tamleugh house after the storm.
UPDATE, 10.22am: Tatura SES member Justin Maskell sent us these photos of Shepparton-Violet Town Rd from last night.
"That's not even the worst bit - took us five hours to drive 16km," he said.
10.17am: Mini tornadoes ripped through northeast Victoria, leaving a trail of damage and injuring up to 20 people.
The storms hit the Murray River towns of Yarrawonga, Bundalong and Rutherglen at about 8pm, as well as Euroa, Tamleugh (near Violet Town) and Koonoomoo.
At least 1450 people in Tatura experienced power outages shortly before 5pm, and a large number of households at Euroa, Shepparton, Mooroopna, Undera, Toolamba and Rushworth were also without power yesterday evening.
At Euroa, the roof of Shell Service Station on the Hume Fwy was ripped off during the peak of the storm.
The roof at Euroa's Shell Service Station was damaged in wild weather. Photo by Jason Williamson.
Intense rain and storms were also centred between Benalla and Euroa.
Ambulance Victoria spokesperson Peter Swan said paramedics had responded to dozens of calls, with some people suffering serious injuries from flying debris.
The SES said four people had to be airlifted to hospital with serious injuries. They received more than 150 calls for help in the region on Thursday night, and around 1000 from across the state.
Video from YouTube user Rhialian of the tornado touching down near her Mulwala home.
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