Three people were killed, including a four-year – old boy, after powerful storms lashed down Victoria.
The young boy was hit by a tree in Blackburn South on Thursday evening and was taken to hospital with critical injuries, but later died.
A 59-year-old man also died after he had left a shopping carpark in Belgrave when a tree fell on his car.
In a separate accident, when a tree crushed the vehicle on Maroondah Highway at Fernshaw, a 36-year-old woman, who was a passenger in a ute, was killed.
The 24-year-old male driver with minor injuries in that car was taken to hospital.
At least 1700 calls for help were received at the Victorian SES and more than 120,000 homes were left without electricity.
We have received over 1,400 calls for assistance this evening due to strong winds. We’re extremely busy and thank you for your patience. If you need help, please call 132 500. Our volunteers are working through the requests for assistance and will respond as quickly as possible.
— VICSES News (@vicsesnews) August 27, 2020
Power to most locations was restored.
SES deputy chief executive David Baker said the last 18 hours were “difficult and tragic”.
“Our crews have been busy from when the storm first hit in the south west from about 3pm yesterday afternoon, and it’s made its way into the Melbourne CBD, with particular damage to the eastern metropolitan suburbs and into the Yarra ranges,” Baker said.
A severe weather warning was issued on Thursday night for strong and damaging winds in large parts of the state.
“It’s been a wild, windy evening out there,” the State Emergency Service said.
“We’re urging any road users to please drive carefully and to the conditions particularly across the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne and the Yarra Ranges.
“Look out for fallen branches and debris.”