By Oliver Lees
Severe weather warning remains in place in the Macedon Ranges after the state was battered by extreme winds and rains last night.
Thousands of people are still without power in the Macedon Ranges with Gisborne and Woodend the hardest hit areas.
Currently the estimated power restoration time for these locations is 6.30pm but may be subject to change.
The SES Gisborne Unit responded to 60 requests for assistance for downed trees, debris, building damage and flooding.
Across the state VICSES responded to more than 4,000 requests for assistance.
Heavy rainfall ahs passed still warning about damaging winds.
Damaging winds are expected in the Macedon Ranges, with gusts averaging 50 to 60km/h and peak gusts in elevated areas potentially reaching 110km/h.
These winds are expected to ease by early Thursday afternoon.
The severe weather warning for heavy rainfall has passed.
VICSES advises that people stay inside and away from windows and secure or put away loose items.
If you are outdoors, attempt to move to a safe place indoors away from trees, gutters, creeks and waterways.
For more information of power outages in your area, visit: www.powercor.com.au/outages/outage-map/
If you see fallen power lines, stay clear and call Powercor on: 13 20 99/
For emergency support, call VICSES on: 132 500.
If your emergency is life threatening contact Triple Zero.