A young boy was crushed in his sleep when a falling tree hit his house during a storm in Victoria

A young child died after a tree fell on his family home during a storm in Victoria’s Dandenong Ranges overnight.

The two-year-old was asleep in his cot when a giant gum tree crushed the house about 9pm.

The family of seven were home at the time.

A five-year-old girl was taken to the Royal Children’s Hospital in a serious but stable condition with internal injuries.

Residents in the area said the storm sounded like a “freight train” and was over in 30 seconds.

The storm turned into a freakish wind tunnel with winds reaching 128 km/h.

The SES received more than 1300 calls for help, with 900 of those from Melbourne.

About 70,000 properties lost power, with many expected to be without electricity for most of the day.

The storm is believed to have been cause by a sudden drop in temperature. At 8.30 pm the temperature dropped 10 degrees in half and hour after a 32 degree day.

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