A huge storm has smashed Melbourne as the Bureau of Meteorology warns of heavy rainfall and damaging winds.
At about 8.30am on Thursday, the sky darkened across the city, which was then hit with thunder, lightning and heavy rain.
The Bureau said the storm first hit Geelong, then moved to suburbs including Footscray, Melton and Sunbury and is now moving east.
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It is forecast to have reached suburbs including Caulfield, Dandenong, Glen Waverley and the city by 9.30am.
“Heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding is likely,” the Bureau said.
The suburb of Anakie in Geelong has recorded 21mm of rainfall in the 30 minutes to 7.52am on Thursday.
The State Emergency Service (SES) has warned residents to be cautious of the conditions when driving and to pull over away from trees, drains and low-lying areas if needed.
“Stay safe by avoiding dangerous hazards, such as floodwater, mud, debris, damaged roads and fallen trees,” the SES said.
Travel should be avoided if possible.