Instant lightning sets tree ablaze during football game as wild weather ravages Victoria

The moment lightning struck a tree and set it on fire was captured on camera during a major football game in Victoria amid wild weather across the state.

The photo, taken by an onlooker during a GFL collision between Lara and St Joseph’s in Bisinella Oval north of Geelong, showed a tree being struck by a lightning bolt.

It caught fire next to several cars parked next to the football oval.

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The lightning came so close to the game that the clash had to be canceled in the third quarter.

Victoria has been rocked by the wild weather in recent days, with parts of Melbourne ravaged by a freak hailstorm, heavy downpours and lightning.

The storm hit suburbs in northern Melbourne around 4 p.m. Saturday, including Thornbury, Northcote, Preston, Coburg and Reservoir.

The Bureau of Meteorology said the hail was caused by a low-pressure system of “several cell storms.”

The hail, which circulated in videos on social media, covered sidewalks and entire sports fields across the region.

But the weather chaos is not over in the state, with rain expected in Melbourne over the next seven days.

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