News State Victoria Man, 33, killed by tree as wild weather wrecks havoc on roads
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Man, 33, killed by tree as wild weather wrecks havoc on roads

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The weather bureau had earlier issued a severe weather warning for Victoria. Photo: Twitter
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A 33-year-old Wandin North man has died after the car he was driving was hit by a 100-metre tree on Melbourne’s outskirts on Friday.

Police confirmed the man, who was driving a maroon Holden Commodore, was struck by the tree on the Warburton Highway about 11am, blocking traffic in both directions.

The Country Fire Authority said high winds of up to 110km/h lashed parts of Victoria overnight, sparking a string of car smashes.

Police said the exact circumstances surrounding the Lilydale collision are yet to be determined.

Numerous powerlines were torn down.

The Bureau of Meteorology had issued a severe weather warning for most of the state on Thursday night, with gusts peaking at 111km/h at Mt William in the state’s west.

“Howling winds across Victoria ahead of a cold front FRIDAY.”

Winds at Melbourne Airport reached 87km/h by mid-morning.

Senior forecaster Steven McGibbony told reporters on Friday the winds in Melbourne are expected to ease from the late afternoon.