A five-year-old boy is fighting for life after being crushed by a falling tree in wild weather that lashed Melbourne on Thursday night.
The child was rushed to the Melbourne Royal Children’s Hospital at about 6pm after a tree toppled onto the road at Blackburn South in the city’s eastern suburbs.
Another falling tree killed a man at Belgrave in the Dandenong Ranges, 35kilometres east of Melbourne.
The 59-year-old was leaving the Belgrave shopping centre car park when a strong wind gust brought the tree down at the intersection of Terrys Avenue and Ena Road, next to the local police station.
Emergency services were rushed off their feet responding to call outs for help when the vicious storm hit the state.
The State Emergency Service received 447 calls in one hour alone, with more than 1600 calls for help over a six-hour period, reported Nine News.
Heavy winds took out power lines, affecting up to 60 sets of traffic lights across Melbourne, and also caused the suspension of services across the rail network.
More than 95,000 homes were left without power across Melbourne and south Victoria, reported ABC news.
Pictures posted on social media showed entire rooves torn off buildings and outdoor furniture being tossed around by the strong winds.
Victoria Police issued an urgent warning via social media to Melbourne residents.
‘If the curfew isn’t incentive enough to stay home, please consider your own safety as well as the safety of emergency services workers who are currently dealing with the damage caused by this evening’s severe weather,’ it read.
The brunt of the storm was felt at Hogan Island in Bass Strait where winds reached 156kph, and were recorded at 115kph in Port Phillip Bay.