An extensive cleanup is underway after hail the size of cricket balls fell on residents in southeast Queensland.
The Sunshine Coast abandoned its name on Sunday afternoon as a severe thunderstorm swept through the region.
— Life With Weather (@lifewithweather) November 17, 2019
Hail damages nets on Ryan Martin’s lychee farm
Ryan Martin estimates it will cost $30,000 to $40,000 to replace nets damaged by hail on his Glass House Mountains lychee farm.
Believe it or not, these are hailstones caught in nets protecting lychees at Yanalla Farms in the Glass House Mountains, Queensland. Car windows smashed by hail the size of cricket balls. Credit: Yanalla Farms
“The storm was mild compared to the one we copped this afternoon. Hail, hail and more hail. After surviving two previous hail storms our lychee netting has finally given up the ghost. The roof has ripped in too many places to salvage. The next step is to release the hail down each row.” Yanalla Farms
— 9 News Sunshine Coast (@9NewsSunCoast) November 17, 2019
— Gemma Donahoe (@gemmadonahoe) November 17, 2019
Hail the size of a cricket ball has been reported north of Brisbane as dangerous thunderstorms move across south-east Queensland, but the storms are unlikely to bring much rain or relief for bushfire-ravaged parts of the state, the Bureau of Meteorologist forecaster Rosa Hoff says.
Some of the hail that fell in the Glasshouse Mountains this afternoon.
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— ABC Brisbane (@abcbrisbane) November 17, 2019
It comes as an emergency warning was issued for a large out of control bushfire north of Toowoomba with residents told to evacuate.
A severe warning for giant hailstones and destructive winds was issued from Gympie to south of Brisbane. The most dangerous storm was on the Sunshine Coast, where the cricket ball-sized hail was observed.
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