Tornado warning issued for Melbourne

THE Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for destructive wind, heavy rain, large hailstones and tornadoes in the Melbourne area. 

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 1:50 pm, very dangerous thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near Bulla. These thunderstorms are moving towards the south.

Very dangerous thunderstorms are forecast to affect Melbourne Airport, St Albans, Sydenham and Williamstown by 2:20 pm and northern Port Phillip Bay, waters off Brighton beach, waters off Pt Cook and waters off Sandringham by 2:50 pm.

The warning area also includes Port Phillip, Inner East, Inner, South East, Western and parts of the Mornington Peninsula, Northern, Outer East and Geelong and Bellarine Peninsula.

Destructive winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding, large hailstones and tornadoes are likely.
Several reports of Tornadoes from Craigeburn, Campbellfied and Tullamarine area.

A more general severe thunderstorm warning is also current for the Central, Northern Country, North Central, North East and parts of the Mallee, South West, West and South Gippsland and Wimmera districts.

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