Freak summer storm hammers Melbourne, Australia
Craig and his wife Amanda, the videographer whom recorded these amazing sights of the wicked storm that struck her Carrum Downs neighborhood near Melbourne Australia. January 31st was a wild day for this summer storm. Bringing high winds, torrential rain and hundreds of lightning strikes to the area the first responders were kept busy all afternoon. Emergency service crews received hundreds of calls for help after wild weather brought down trees and damaged buildings across Melbourne and Victoria.
The town of Broadford in central Victoria was among the worst hit areas overnight, alongside Lang Lang, some 73 kilometers southeast of Melbourne and Hampton Park in the city’s southeast. In the 24 hours this storm hammered the Melbourne area, the State Emergency Service received 860 calls for help, mostly for fallen trees and building damage. News bulletins warned residents to stay inside unless they desperately needed to go outside or travel during the storm.
After hearing one extremely loud boom and seeing a flash of lighting, Amanda and Craig noticed a gaping hole in their neighbors roof. Craig stepped outside briefly to check on their own roof and downspouts but other than that he remained inside along with Amanda until the weather calmed down. What a sight to see!