SUPERCELL mega storms have been blitzing Australia’s fire-hit east coast today with huge hail stones damaging cars and homes.
An enormous hail storm lashed the national capital Canberra earlier on, pummelling buildings and cars and cutting power to thousands of homes.
Nearby Sydney was also engulfed by the freak storm, with giant hailstones hammering cars and homes and wild winds ripping the roof off a shopping centre.
Musician artist Pete Peters, 60, from Canberra, Australia, watched as the sky began to turn black and the wind grew stronger.
Pete, his friend and his daughter had to quickly escape from the deck as the storm began to tear the roof apart.
Although he was amazed by the power of the storm, Pete was also worried about what other damage could be unfolding, and was concerned for the people and animals caught in the ferocious downpour.
ROOF SMASHED, CAR DENTED, SPA DESTROYED
The storm only lasted about 15 minutes, but it was enough to leave Pete’s deck roof completely smashed, his car dented, his spa destroyed, his house sills and shed damaged and the surrounding trees and shrubs stripped bare.
He said: “I was shocked to see the size of the hail and concerned for people and animals who might have been unable to get undercover.
“Approximately 3 minutes before it hit, we heard a strange roar in the distance which became louder.
“That was the most frightening aspect, it sounded like a catastrophic event was imminent.
“I felt safe during the storm but had to escape indoors when the roof was destroyed.
“My friend was hit and suffered a nasty bruise to his arm.”
Hail struck Melbourne, Australia’s second-largest city, yesterday and more hail storms are forecast to return.
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Unusually intense storms over the weekend caused flash flooding in the cities of Brisbane and Gold Coast in Queensland state just north of New South Wales, where most of the wildfire destruction has occurred.
The fires have claimed at least 28 lives since September, destroyed more than 2,600 homes and razed more than 25.7 million acres.
Widespread recent rainfall in New South Wales and Victoria have helped but have not extinguished major fires in Australia’s two most populous states.
Authorities have warned the fire danger will escalate this week in both states with rising temperatures and drier condition
Witness the terrifying moment hail stones as large as golf balls fell from the sky and caused major damage to cars, trees and even a roof.