Overnight storms put on a show in Melbourne as thunder and lightning moved across the city, but it also caused flash flooding, with up to 50 millimetres falling in some parts of the city.
The intense band of rain hit the city between 11:00pm and midnight.
The SES received 240 calls for help, including some people who had to be rescued from cars in floodwaters, while Reservoir and Werribee were among the worst affected areas.
“Most of our calls were for building damage and flooding and most of those were water leaking through ceilings, we had a few ceiling collapses,” SES Commander Mark Cattell said.
“A lot of homes with more than likely blocked gutters and broken tiles on the roof.
“We ask drivers if they do see water across the road, be very sure about how deep it is. Anything over about 30 centimetres is way too deep for a car.”
In other parts of the state, Wilson’s Promontory received 120mm of rain, while Mallacoota had 84mm.
Weather bureau senior forecaster Stephen King said the rain fell in a short period of time.
“The highest totals there were 47mm at Epping, 43mm at Sunshine and 40mm at Bundoora,” he said.
“The problem there was that, that rainfall all fell within an hour or less and did cause a bit of flash flooding around the metropolitan area.”