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Sinkhole Opens Up In Melbourne Suburb As City Mops Up Storm Damage

Victorian residents are assessing the damage after parts of the state were hit by severe thunderstorms on Wednesday.

The SES was called to help after a sinkhole opened up in the suburb of Keilor East, in Melbourne's north-west, in the aftermath of the storms.

The SES volunteers who assessed the damage claimed it was about four metres deep.

The sinkhole was reported on Wednesday night after thunderstorms hit Melbourne. Image: SES Essendon
The sinkhole opened up about 9pm Wednesday night. Image: Victoria SES

The local council claimed a defective stormwater drain was to blame for the sinkhole.

So far there have been hundreds of calls for help as a result of the storms, the SES claimed.

The Bureau of Meteorology claimed inner Melbourne suburbs received about 20mm of rain overnight.

Some northwestern suburbs like St Albans saw up to 77mm of sudden rain.

Electricity provider Powercor Australia claimed there were more than 9,000 lightning strikes recorded within a 200km radius of Bendigo between 3pm and 6pm on Wednesday.

Victoria SES sent out a public thank-you to volunteers who rushed to attend callouts in the aftermath.

Wednesday's storm forecast warned of heavy rain and flash flooding. Image: Bureau Of Meteorology
Debris dragged across a flooded road. Image: SES Emerald

Majority of incidents were due to trees falling on cars, roads and properties.

A fallen tree at Narre Warren. Image: Victoria SES
A picture taken by SES Narre Warren unit. Image: Victoria SES

One video shared online during the storms showed rain soaking the inside of a Melbourne tram.

The storms also left thousands of passengers stranded at Melbourne Airport after some planes were grounded and others were unable to land in the city.

The storm did clear up some of the smoke haze that had been choking parts of Victoria this week.

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) rated Melbourne's air quality as 'very poor' on Wednesday but upgraded it to 'moderate' on Thursday morning.

On Thursday parts of NSW were warned it would be next for a downpour.

Severe thunderstorms and possible flash flooding are predicted for parts of NSW, according to the Bureau of Meteorology, while Sydney is also set for a drenching.

The news of wet weather is welcome for fire-affected parts of the country.

NSW RFS shared on Thursday morning that it was starting to see some good rainfall across some of the firegrounds.

"Let's hope some of our farmers are also getting some moisture," it tweeted.

"While the rain is welcomed, heavy rainfall and storms in fire-affected areas can lead to dangerous conditions such as a higher risk of flash flooding, falling trees and landslips," NSW SES assistant commissioner Paul Bailey said.

The SES warned residents to prepare properties by trimming overhanging branches, cleaning gutters and pipes, securing loose items in their backyards and not parking under trees or power lines.