Published: Mon, January 20, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Severe storms & large hail hammer Australian cities and suburbs

Severe storms & large hail hammer Australian cities and suburbs

(Marcia Macmillan) Spectacular dust storms that were raised before thunderstorms hit much of western New South Wales on Sunday.

A fierce hailstorm has pelted Canberra with stones the size of golf balls inflicting severe damage across Australia's capital city.

Two people visiting the popular tourist destination the Blue Mountains were taken to hospital when a 16-year-old boy was hit by lightning and a 24-year-old man suffered injuries while leaning on a nearby metal railing.

Around 170 customers still have no electricity.

The ACT Emergency Services Agency had received more than 1200 calls for help by 3pm after Monday afternoon's 15-minute storm.

In the Australian capital of Canberra, a violent thunderstorm produced hailstones as large as golf balls, damaging buildings and smashing vehicle windows throughout the city.

The state emergency services, the fire brigade and the land fire brigade react to hail and roof damage, electrical threats and local floods.

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The ESA said the areas most impacted include Belconnen, the city and the inner south.

Hundreds of windscreens were smashed at Old Parliament House, the Australian National University and other parts of the city.

Hail storms in the cities of Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra Sunday and Monday damaged homes, businesses and vehicles - with photos showing auto windows shattered by massive balls of ice. Another photograph showed holes in the roof of the National Film and Sound Archive after hail allegedly "punctured the roof like bullets".

It remained open to visitors on Monday despite the damage with a spokeswoman saying "our collection is safe".

A dust storm rolls in west of Orange, NSW, on Sunday.

Apparently the dust was showing up on radars as similar to rain clouds or a thunderstorm, but instead, the huge gusts of wind (some topping out at 107km/h) kicked up enough dirt and dust to cloak a huge area in complete darkness hours before the sunset.

The animals were injured during the storm, and parliamentarians looked after a bloody crow that hit a hailstone on the head. A large area of southeastern Australia has been under warnings for severe convective storms, which continue at this time in the Sydney to Brisbane region. Tuggeranong in the south of the ACT caught up 5mm to 9mm in 10 minutes.

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