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Melbourne's rail network is getting back on track after the wild weather that caused massive train delays yesterday and left peak-hour commuters stranded.
Connex spokesman John Rees said around 30 trains were cancelled this morning compared to the 330 services that were cancelled yesterday after fierce winds caused widespread destruction across Victoria.
The Frankston and Pakenham lines were among the worst affected services, he said.
Mr Rees said he was hopeful normal services would resume this evening.
"There wouldn't have been a line that didn't get affected by at least late running trains,'' he said.
"That was unfortunate, but that's going to happen under the conditions that we were experiencing yesterday.''
For more information on trains see http://www.connexmelbourne.com.au.
Meanwhile, more than 40,000 Victorian households are still without power and electricity providers are asking customers to be patient.
A spokesman for Alinta and United Energy said about 20,000 customers, mainly in the eastern suburbs, were yet to be reconnected after power lines and transformers were damaged in the gale-force gusts.
He said crews were stretched to the limit repairing interrupted supplies and some customers could be waiting until tomorrow morning to get reconnected.
The majority of Citipower and Powercor customers are reconnected, with just over 2000 customers still waiting for repairs.
A spokesman said those still disconnected were mostly individual houses or streets, rather than large areas.
SP AusNet, which supplies the outer eastern and northern metropolitan areas, still has 18,000 customers without power.
A spokeswoman said crews hoped to reconnect all customers today.
Grants of about $1000 will be available to Victorian households experiencing hardship after yesterday's wild weather, the State Government has announced.
Premier John Brumby today announced grants of up to $1067 per household.
"Emergency grants are available to meet immediate basic needs for those displaced from their house and cover expenses such as clothing, food, personal items and shelter," he said.
The State Emergency Service received more than 3200 calls for help in the past 24 hours, mostly for damaged roofs, felled trees and power outages.
A spokesman said at its peak, there was a phone call every seven seconds to its emergency hotline.
He said emergency crews were stretched to the limit and still had not been able to respond to every request for assistance, with cases being prioritised according to need.
VicRoads said all lanes were reopened on the West Gate Bridge, and trucks, caravans and motorbike were allowed back on the bridge.
Traffic signals on the bridge are fully operational and drivers are asked to refer to signs for the correct speed limit.
However, traffic lights are still out in some places around Melbourne and Vicroads urged drivers to be cautious driving through those intersections.
The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting showers and strong, squally west to south-westerly winds that will ease later in the day.
There is also a possibility of hail and thunder this morning, with a maximum temperature of 17 degrees.
The bureau has issued a severe weather warning for people in central, western and Gippsland Victoria, who should expect more damaging winds of up to 60 km/h, with gale-force winds of up to 100 km/h in coastal areas.
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