Melbourne Soaked By Monster Storm

More delays are expected at Melbourne Airport this morning after wild storms drenched the city late yesterday.

Melbourne recorded one of its wettest September days in almost 100 years, with 48 millimetres of rain falling in the city.

The electrical storms caused disruption to air traffic and public transport, and left tens of thousands of homes without power.

Hundreds of stranded passengers spent the night at the city’s Tullamarine airport after dozens of flights were cancelled.

Virgin cancelled 22 flights and Qantas had to reschedule flights for around 800 passengers.

The backlog is being cleared this morning but some flights may not get away until later afternoon.

This morning Stuart Coombs from the Weather Bureau said the thunderstorm was still passing over the state’s north-east, but said it was clearing.

“I don’t think we’ll see anything like as much activity around today,” he said this morning.

“There’s only a very slight chance that we may see a thunderstorm this afternoon and if we do it will be very brief.”

Almost 30,000 homes lost power and blackouts still remain in some parts of the state.

There were about 70 calls for assistance to the SES, with high winds bringing trees down on roads and properties and heavy rains causing minor flooding and building damage across Melbourne.

Two houses in the eastern suburbs were also hit by lightning.

Metro said trains had to be replaced by buses between Cranbourne and Dandenong as a result of the storms, and there were 15-minute delays across Melbourne’s rail network.

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