Heavy rain has caused flooding, building damage and fallen trees across parts of Victoria where the State Emergency Service is responding to hundreds of calls for help and thousands of properties are without power.
More than 370 calls have been made to the SES in the 24 hours to 12.30pm on Tuesday with 283 requests still outstanding. The majority are for flooding and building damage.
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a flood warning for the Yarra river, with water levels rising in the Upper and lower Yarra regions.
Roads are closed across the state, with drivers warned not to drive through flood water.
About 4300 Victorians are without power due to lightning strikes, the energy companies' websites reveal.
A platform at Flemington station is closed due to flooding and there are significant delays on public transport. The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for Melbourne and eastern parts of the state with heavy rain and thunderstorms.
Up to another 15mm of rain may fall across western parts of the warning area by early afternoon.
TUESDAY RAINFALL 9AM TO 1PM:
- 38mm at Essendon Airport - 36mm at Melbourne Airport
- 35mm at Melbourne (Olympic Park)
- 31.2mm at Scoresby
- 21.6mm at Moorabbin Airport