severe storms in VIC, NSW
and weak cold front crossed VIC, western and central NSW and SW QLD today bringing
widespread thunderstorms, some of which were severe.
There were isolated reports of very heavy rain with the storms, the most
noteworthy being 10.6mm in just 6 minutes about 4pm at Scoresby, 20km
ESE of Melbourne CBD. Flash flooding was reported from Kew, Broadmeadows,
Glen Waverley and Ferntree Gully as multicell storms crossed Melbourne
around 4pm. A possible supercell
thunderstorm was identified near Urana, 100km WSW of Wagga (go
here for a detailed
report from Stormplanet), and may have been the same storm system
that brought cricket-ball sized hail to the Dookie area between Shepparton
and Benalla and tennis ball sized hail at St James, 40km WNW of Wangaratta.
Wheat and canola crops around Dookie and Devenish were wiped out (2,000
hectares) or badly damaged (6,500ha) by hail, while trees were uprooted
and fences, silos and
damaged. Reports of 13 to 25mm of rain in 10 minutes were received from
Dookie. Tallangatta VIC recorded 31.4 and Thredbo Crackenback 30.0mm
in an hour or two mid-afternoon.
winds cause damage in Port Pirie SA
winds accompanying the change caused minor but remarkable damage in a limited
of Port Pirie SA. Deputy controller with the Port Pirie SES,
Jason Murphy, said "the wind has blown down a fence, a pergola has been ripped off and landed
two houses down, a sheet of tin has flown into a hot water service and tiles
lifted up and broken." A solid concrete statue was blown from one
end of a pergola to another.
News sources: The Recorder (Port Pirie), The Age, ABC Goulburn-Murray