Brisbane (Marburg) radar from 00.40UTC (10.40am)
to 06.40UTC (4.40pm). The aniimation slows from 03.00 to 03.50UTC (1 to
1.50pm) when heavy hail was being dumped on Warwick and the southern Gold
Coast. Note the first Gold Coast storm moving SE while all other storm
elements are moving ENE. Coolangatta appears to have had three separate
storm cells between 03.50 and 05.10UTC (1.50pm and 3.10pm) BoM
that brought severe storms to central and SE NSW yesterday moved through
of the state this morning and through SE QLD this afternoon
bringing further severe weather. Storms began to develop along a line from
about Coffs Harbour to Inverell late this morning. This line moved NE, while
at the same time thunderstorms propagated NW along the troughline, extending
to Toowoomba around 2pm and to south
While heavy rain has been a feature of SE QLD storms over the past three days,
today's event was more notable for hail, strong downdraft winds and a likely
tornado. Over 600 homes on the Gold Coast and in NE NSW along with countless
vehicles were damaged by hail, with the Insurance Council of Australia anticipating
The final damage bill for storms in NSW during October was put at $46m, with
the State Government offering financial assistance to 380 growers worst affected.
The storms ripped through banana plantations, native flower and vegetable crops
in the Sydney basin, on the north coast between Port Macquarie and Yamba and
in areas such as Goulburn and Bowral, in the Southern Highlands.
Strong wind gusts caught by automatic weather
stations included 100km/h at Warwick, 96 at Gatton and 95 at Rockhampton. The heaviest
short-duration rainfall measurements were 5.2mm in 2 minutes at Rockhampton,
8.6mm in 4 minutes at Warwick and 2mm in 1 minute at Cape Byron.
In NE NSW, Banora Point, just south of Tweed Heads,
received most damage, with the SES called to 56 jobs. Giant hail to 9cm
diameter was reported near Grafton. Damage was also reported from
golfball to tennis
ball sized hail in the Kyogle district and at Tyndale, 30km NE of Grafton.
Vegetable fruit and native flower
crops were flattened in the Bellingen and Nambucca shires with the damage
to up to 100 horticultural producers estimated to be as much as $10m.
On the QLD Gold Coast, the storms arrived early this
afternoon, blowing down trees and powerlines, unroofing houses and shattering
and car windscreens
with golfball sized hail. 35,000 homes were blacked out with 3,000 still
without power the
personnel were brought in from as far away as Toowoomba and Gympie
to help tarpauline roofs and make emergency repairs. Around 500 SES workers
busy until Wednesday. Some cars were damaged to the point of being insurance
write-offs. A Qantas jet was damanged and forced to land shortly after
taking off into the hailstorm. Flooding
resulted in Gold Coast 12 residents being moved to emergency accommodation.
The rain, wind and hail also temporarily halted the Gold Coast Indy
Car Race only 14 laps into the race as cars
slid around on marble sized hail.
Mail claimed that hail punched as many as 200 holes in individual
house and shop roofs in Currumbin, Tugun, Elanora and Palm Beach in the
Gold Coast where the most concentrated damage seems to have occurred. At
the Currumbin State School, 16 buildings were badly damaged by hail. Over
100 animals and birds, including a dozen kangaroos and wallabies and 14 pelicans,
were battered to death by hail up to cricket ball size at the Curumbin Wildlife
of Coolangatta. They included three endangered Dorcopsis wallabies from Papua
New Guinea. The sanctuary had the only six Dorcopsis wallabies in captivity
in Australia, as part of a breeding program to try to increase their numbers.
At Stanthorpe, two houses were destroyed and fruit
crops and trees ripped out by
what has been initially estimated as an F2 tornado by the Brisbane severe
weather section of the Bureau of Meteorology. One of the houses destroyed,
was moved off its foundations and
the occupants inside
unhurt. An SES spokesman said the damage trail was 500m wide, and that
a 10ha pine plantation had been flattened. Hail with the storm destroyed
and vegetable crops, hail netting and some sheds from Stanthorpe north
to Warwick with some
producers losing half their crops and a damage bill around $1m expected.
A section of hail netting blown from a property in Stanthorpe was claimed
have been identified in Liston, 20km to the east and over the border
Three other suspected tornados were reported in SE QLD. One was reported
at Mt Nebo, 25km WNW of Brisbane CBD; a second at Biggendon, 70km
W of Maryborough,
reported; and a third about 12km south of Kilkivan, 45km WNW of Gympie,
where a disjointed damage track 100m wide and several kilometres in length
was reported. In the Kilkivan suspected tornado, trees were described
as having been "screwed off" and some building damage was also reported.
sized hail was also reported from northern Brisbane suburbs
including Woody Point, Sandgate, Redcliffe and Bracken Ridge, while
hail of the same size accompanied by strong winds damaged 90 homes
in the Samford to Mount Nebo area. Tree, powerline and some roof
damage was reported in the area around Esk, Laidley and Ipswich.
Farther north and northwest of Brisbane, tree and roof damage was
reported from Eidsvold and Blackbutt, golfball sized hail from Baralaba,
Nanango and Burnett Heads, and a wind gust of 94km/h at Rockhampton.
West of Brisbane, Warwick reported 5cm hail, flash flooding and a
wind gust of 100km/h.
News sources: ABC, AAP, News.com, Courier Mail,