Victorians – thousands still without power – are mopping up after an icy, cyclone-like storm thrashed the state, causing transport chaos, mass blackouts and a storm surge that broke the Yarra River’s banks.

On Tuesday, dangerous weather lashed the state, leaving people injured, trains lines suspended, homes without power, roads closed and temperatures plummeting below freezing with wind chill.

The Yarra burst its banks in several places on its route through the CBD in the early afternoon, flooding the Queen Street Bridge and popular bar Ponyfish Island.

Victorian power companies worked frantically overnight trying to restore power to more than 60,000 homes across the state.

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