Strong winds have hit Victoria, with the weather set to deteriorate further.

Gusts of up to 100km/h were recorded in Melbourne on Thursday morning, bringing trees down and keeping emergency crews busy.

Two drivers were trapped in their cars because of falling trees, including an incident at Kew in which power lines were also brought down across the vehicle.

A man suffered minor injuries when his car was struck by a tree at Kilmore.

The SES received more than 180 calls for help, including 33 for damaged houses.

Melbourne Airport was reduced to one runway because of the wind, causing minor flight delays.

The Bureau of Meteorology forecasts the bad weather to continue to Thursday afternoon, issuing a severe weather warning for damaging winds for most of Victoria.

Severe thunderstorms and hail are forecast for western Victoria, while gale and storm warnings are in place for the state's waters.

 

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