Massive electrical outages have been reported across a huge hunk of western Victoria - affecting thousands of customers - as a band of cloud with thousands of lightning strikes passes across the state.
Areas with no power include Willaura (5.30pm estimated restoration), parts of Lake Bolac (11.30pm), Derrinallum (midnight) and the Lismore-Rokewood area (12.30am).
In central Ararat, there have been frightening scenes of roads turning into rivers, building damage and flooding at the local hospital and RSL.
As of 5pm, the Ararat SES had been called to 6 incidents.
Bushfires have also been reported in Mafeking on the eastern side of the Grampians- and near Shelford Rd, Rokewood.
Other fires have been brought under control in Maroona and Amphitheatre.