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The five-year-old is fighting for life and a driver is killed by a falling tree during the Melbourne storm

Driver is killed and five-year-old boy fights for his life after being hit by falling trees as a powerful storm hits Melbourne

  • A man was killed and a five-year-old boy fights for life after a terrible storm
  • The two were hit by trees that came down in high winds in VIC on Thursday
  • Emergency services received more than 1,600 calls for help during the storm

A five-year-old boy fights for his life after being crushed in ferocious weather by a falling tree that struck Melbourne on Thursday night.

The child was rushed to Melbourne Royal Children’s Hospital at approximately 6pm after a tree fell on the road near Blackburn South in the city’s eastern suburbs.

Another falling tree killed a man near Belgrave in the Dandenong Ranges, 22 miles east of Melbourne.

A five-year-old boy fights for his life after being crushed by a falling tree on Thursday night in wild weather

A five-year-old boy fights for his life after being crushed by a falling tree on Thursday night in wild weather

Emergency services have been caught off guard by responding to requests for help when the horrific storm hit the state on Thursday

Emergency services have been caught off guard by responding to requests for help when the horrific storm hit the state on Thursday

Emergency services have been caught off guard by responding to requests for help when the horrific storm hit the state on Thursday

The 59-year-old was leaving the parking lot of the Belgrave shopping center when a strong gust of wind brought down the tree at the intersection of Terrys Avenue and Ena Road, next to the local police station.

Emergency services were caught off guard by responding to calls for help when the brutal storm hit the state.

The state emergency services received 447 calls in one hour alone, with more than 1,600 calls for help over a six-hour period. Nine news.

Violent winds cut power lines, hit up to 60 traffic lights in Melbourne and also caused the suspension of services on the rail network.

More than 95,000 homes were without electricity in Melbourne and South Victoria ABC news.

Photos posted on social media showed entire roofs torn from buildings and patio furniture tossed around by the high winds.

A Melbourne emergency map shows hundreds of incident reports, including fallen trees in the city on Thursday

A Melbourne emergency map shows hundreds of incident reports, including fallen trees in the city on Thursday

A Melbourne emergency map shows hundreds of incident reports, including fallen trees in the city on Thursday

Victoria Police has issued an urgent warning to Melbourne residents via social media.

“If curfew is not stimulating enough to stay home, consider both your own safety and the safety of rescuers who are currently dealing with the damage caused by tonight’s storm,” it read.

The heaviest storm was felt on Hogan Island in Bass Strait, where winds reached 156 mph, and was recorded at 115 mph in Port Phillip Bay.

Emergency service volunteers remove a fallen tree from the road in Blackburn South

Emergency service volunteers remove a fallen tree from the road in Blackburn South

Emergency service volunteers remove a fallen tree from the road in Blackburn South

Social media users captured the storm that rolled through the city

Social media users captured the storm that rolled through the city

Social media users captured the storm that rolled through the city

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