Once-in-a-century storm hits Melbourne

A once-in-a-century thunderstorm swept across the southern Australian state of Victoria on Saturday, raining hailstones the size of lemons which ripped a hole in a train station roof, caused flash flooding in the capital of Melbourne and left 100,000 homes without power.

The storm cell, which unleashed itself on the capital just before 3pm, dumped an inch of rain in less than an hour as wind gusts exceeding 100km/h lashed the city and the airport.

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