Giant hail hammers Mackay, Australia as wild weather sweeps across Queensland

Giant hailstones have fallen north of Mackay in Queensland, damaging vehicles and structures.

The hail storm hit the Bloomsbury and Yalboroo areas on Tuesday afternoon, with locals reporting cricket ball sized stones and larger.

That’s some big ice falling down … I’m gonna have some dints in the car after this” said one man in video he took after being caught in the storm at Yalboroo.

The incident was part of a series of severe weather events hitting Queensland on Tuesday.

We’ve got thunderstorms extending from Townsville down to Hervey Bay,” said Shane Kennedy.

A warning was issued on Tuesday for thunderstorms bringing large hail and damaging winds to the central Queensland coast, as well as another line of storms with potentially damaging wind gusts heading to Townsville.

Kennedy said it was part of the same system which brought wild weather to parts of the state’s south on Monday.

Giant hail slams Mackay Queensland Australia on October 19, 2021. By John Caporn
Giant hail slams Mackay Queensland Australia on October 19, 2021. By John Caporn

It’s the same unstable air mass sitting around. We’ve got a bit of a weak trough sitting over central and eastern Queensland,” he said.

Tomorrow, we’ve got a storm area extending from Proserpine down to the New South Wales border, so we could see a return (of storms) to the southeast coast again.” [7 newsABC.Net.AU]

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