Residents around much of eastern Australia are cleaning up after a wild few days of weather that saw severe thunderstorms unleash cricket-ball-sized hail.
The worst affected regions were Oran Park and Harrington Park in Sydney’s west where hail up to 8 cm (3.14 inches) in diameter accompanied heavy rain and strong winds. Large hail was also reported in Paddington, Cabramatta and Padstow.
Emergency services have called it the worst hailstorm to hit the city since 1999 while the Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) declared the event a ‘catastrophe.’ In 1999, hail up to 9 cm (3.54 inches) in diameter pummelled the city, causing $1.7 billion in insurance payouts.
Planes were not landing at Sydney Airport at the height of the storm, Air Services Australia said. And more than 35,000 homes lost power.
GSM = atmospheric compression events
[Featured Image: storm cell over Point Clare, Dec 20, 2018]