Hail hell in Australia as storms rage

Severe thunderstorms batter parts of Queensland, causing widespread damage.

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    Towering thunderstorms delivered severe weather to parts of southeast Queensland. [AFP]
    Towering thunderstorms delivered severe weather to parts of southeast Queensland. [AFP]

    Storms have raged across southeast Queensland bringing torrential rain, strong winds and giant hailstones.

    The hail, which has been the size of golf balls, has pelted homes, smashing windows and destroying roofs.

    Cars were also damaged in the storm, and a number of people suffered power cuts.

    At Gayndah Airport, 68mm of rain fell. That is approximately the amount of rain that is expected in the entire month of October.

    Northern and western areas of Brisbane were also hit by the storms, but one of the worst affected places was the town of Chinchilla where the emergency services received more than 120 calls for help.

    The weather system responsible for the storms is now clearing away eastwards. 

    However, more rain is expected across the region over the next few days. The next rain-maker is expected to deliver heavy rain not only to Queensland, but also to much of southeast of Australia.

    The rain is welcome news to Australia, much of which is currently in the grip of a drought, and with El Nino conditions in the Pacific Ocean, the drought is expected to intensify over the coming months.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


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