A man has been filmed mowing his lawn in the middle of a violent ‘mega-storm’ as floodwaters rose around him.
The bizarre clip went viral as Melbourne was inundated by marble-sized hail, damaging winds and a massive deluge that cut power to more than 20,000 homes.
The video, filmed in Geelong south-west of the city, went viral on social media, with some saying it was ‘pure Australian’.
Another called the man in hi-vis using his push mower a ‘bloody legend’.
A man mowing his lawn in the middle of a violent ‘mega-storm’ (pictured) while standing beside rising floodwaters on a suburban street, has left social media users scratching their heads
‘Few things can deter an Aussie from garden and yard maintenance,’ one person posted on Twitter.
Others said: ‘that’s pure gold’ and ‘love his work!’
Another joked: ‘Tell me you’re Australian without telling me you’re Australian.’
Many claimed the video was ‘staged’ and done as a practical joke but others had their own theories.
‘His partner probably wouldn’t let him play golf until the lawns were done,’ one person commented.
Another said: ‘Someone doesn’t like his routine disrupted by anything.’
More than five million Greater Melbourne residents have been advised to stay indoors, with lightning (pictured) in some areas
Shopping centres, service stations and busy roads were flooded after Melbourne was battered by the mega-storm – with some parts hit by hail stones and torrential rain.
More than five million Greater Melbourne residents were warned to ‘stay indoors’ as the storm cell swept across the city on Friday afternoon.
Terrified residents across the city shared their experiences on social media with one video showing a BP service station in Mulgrave, south-east of the city, completely underwater up to waste level.
Chadstone Shopping Centre was also inundated with floodwater on Friday, while others captured the danger on the roads.
Strong wind gusts on Thursday night had already knocked out power to thousands in Victoria – with the state’s SES receiving 1,600 calls for help in the 48 hours to 5pm.
Huge pieces of hail have been thundering down across the state, including ones as big as a 50c piece (pictured)
One motorist who filmed himself after getting caught in floodwaters on a busy road said, ‘Oh s**t, this is the stupidest thing I have ever had to f***ing do’ as the raging torrents surrounded his vehicle.
A severe thunderstorm warning is in place for central and southwest parts of Victoria, including Geelong and Lara.
‘The atmosphere remains absolutely primed for further storm activity today as it feels once again very tropical and very humid over the southeast,’ Sky News Weather meteorologist Alison Osborne said on Friday.
The Bureau of Meteorology warned central Victoria, including Melbourne, and the state’s southwest would be inundated with heavy rain, damaging winds and large hail stones.
As much as 35mm of rain was forecast to fall across Melbourne, with the BOM saying ‘heavy falls’ are a real possibility.
‘Prepare to take shelter and be aware of potential hazards caused by the severe weather,’ an Watch and Act alert advised.
‘Hazards include include floodwater, damaged buildings, debris, trees down and fallen powerlines.’
Flash flooding has already hit areas such as Werribee, in Melbourne’s west, and Ballarat.
In other parts of Victoria, persistent rain of up to 35mm was predicted in some parts (pictured)
A number of ominous clouds left some Melbourne residents on edge on Friday morning
A severe thunderstorm warning is already in place for central and southwest parts of Victoria, including Geelong, Lara and Melbourne
There were 5695 AusNet customers, 3917 Powercor customers and 243 Jemena customers suffering blackouts at 9:30am on Friday morning.
Geelong, Cape Otway and the Surf Coast were battered by heavy rain on Thursday evening, with a renewed warning issued on Friday morning.
‘Strong storms have formed on the northern edge of a rain area in western Victoria in a very humid environment and are expected to produce heavy rainfall while moving in an easterly direction,’ the alert said.
‘Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Colac, Lake Bolac, Ballarat and Bacchus Marsh.’
Some pieces of hail collected by concerned residents were the size of huge marbles (pictured)
The state’s south-west has been hammered by heavy rain, ferocious winds and hail (pictured)
Flash flooding has resulted in chaotic scenes across some parts of Melbourne (pictured)
This petrol station won’t be open for business anytime soon, as rain engulfs most parts of Melbourne
Melbourne is currently being battered by a mega storm, with marble sized hail and torrential rain in some parts
A rain band seen on the Bureau of Meteorology’s radar on Friday morning. Central Victoria is set to be battered from about midday, the forecast says
Lightning is seen in Melbourne’s night sky late on Thursday as the city endured a ‘once in a century’ weather event
State Emergency Service volunteers received more that 450 calls for help in the six hours to 10.30pm on Thursday, as severe storms caused flash flooding in metropolitan Geelong.
The busiest SES units included South Barwon, Geelong and Sorrento, as homes, buildings and roads were flooded.
The storms come as disaster assistance was announced for Ballarat, East Gippsland, Moorabool and southwest Victorian residents after floods and storms on January 5.
The communities will receive financial support via the Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding.
‘This financial support will provide for the immediate recovery needs for people whose homes or belongings have been impacted by the damaging winds, large hailstones and flash flooding in the central west,’ Federal Emergency Management Minister McKenzie said.
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