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Homes were damaged by hail and flash floods in southwest Victoria as violent storms swept across the state

A severe thunderstorm warning issued by the state rescue service warned of “harmful winds, heavy rain, large hailstones and life-threatening flash floods”

The agency warns Victorians of floods, rubble, damaged buildings, fallen trees, and fallen power lines

Emergency teams had been called to 83 workplaces in the Warrnambool area by 4:00 p.m. asking people to stay inside

Warrnambool has received 47 millimeters of rain since 9:00 a.m. today, while Mildura in the northwest received 12 mm and large hail in the 30 minutes before noon

Michael Steel, who lives in Port Fairy, said he was driving towards town from his nearby farm when the storm front struck and delivered lightning and torrential rain in a concentrated burst of about 30 minutes

“There were cars on the side of the road that were also seeking shelter,” he said

“They had strayed off the Princes Highway and were hiding under some large trees on the natural strip to be safe”

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Mr Steel took a photo of a thick sheet of ice that appeared to have been formed by severe hail in the area

“It looked like that particular hail zone went through in a pattern,” he said

“This hail came through like a thunderstorm and only came down very, very thickly”

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