More thunderstorms to come for Bendigo region

Reader pics: Lightning lashes Bendigo region

A THUNDERSTORM hit the region last night, with more expected today and early next week.

Four millimetres of rain and sheets of lightning lashed central Victoria last night, with reports of blackouts in Bendigo and Harcourt.

Powercor spokesperson Drew Douglas said 2,300 people across the region were affected by black outs last night.

“There was an outage in the Bendigo region with 2095 customers off from 12.39am to 4.15am due to vegetation on electricity assets,” he said.

Bureau of Meteorology spokesperson David Morrison said more thunderstorms were predicted for this morning and mid-afternoon for the western part of Victoria, and Bendigo.

He said there were also more storms on the radar for next Monday and Tuesday after a sunny weekend.

Mr Morrison said the thunderstorms were caused by a trough sitting over central Victoria, that was bringing in tropical air.

“It’s being heated because of the already hot ground inland of the state,” he said.

“As it’s heated it develops into thunderstorms because of the moisture in the air and Bendigo was lucky enough to get one last night.

“It was fairly slow moving but high intensity. It was also fairly active electrically.”

Bendigo was not the only place in Victoria to experience the stormy weather, with reports of flash flooding in Sunbury.

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