Very dangerous storms have hit parts of Australia’s east coast causing heavy showers, golf ball-sized hail and highly damaging winds, triggering severe weather alerts in two states.
Residents of the northern parts of New South Wales have been asked to brace for flash flooding, huge hail and strong winds.
The powerful storms have been fluffed up by a combination of an upper trough and a cold front.
The cold front is tracking off Australia’s east coast, bringing about cold as well as gusty winds and hail, a Weatherzone spokesman has told Storm Assist.
Upper level trough
“An upper level trough is virtually stationary over parts of NSW, Victoria, eastern SA and northern Tasmania, and will remain for the next few days,” he said.
“Snow has been falling overnight into Sunday over parts of the alpine region, and by the end of the weekend, some of the higher peaks may have accumulated around 10cm of fresh snow.
“The cooler temperatures will hang around into Monday for some parts of the southeast. Canberra is looking at a maximum of 12 degrees on Monday, although Sunday will not reach much higher.”
According to Dean Narramore of the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), the storm is set to pound different locations at varied ferocity levels.
“Some locations can get those very heavy falls… 50 to 100mm in quick time, but even just down the road properties or other parts of town have only seen five or 10mm,” he said.
Prepare for non-stop rain
The storms are coming at a time when suburbs in Sydney are preparing for seven days of non-stop rainfall, though temperatures are not forecast to be cold in the next couple of days.
Some parts of NSW and Victoria, however, are set to remain frosty for the spring with the Alps likely to experience snow falls. Meanwhile, the west coast continues to heat up, with the Perth expected to record 11 degrees Celsius above October’s average temperature.
Rain was forecast for parts of Victoria; unfortunately the high-pressured system over the Bight caused other areas to remain dry and calm.
Residents living further north at a home in Oxley were left shocked by a strong lighting that hit a tree in their backyard just a few metres away.
The lightning strike split the tree before their very eyes as they watched the event from their outdoor balcony.
“(It) smelt like gunpowder… Our ears were ringing,” Bianca Franettovich informed Storm Assist.
Afternoon thunderstorms experienced in Brisbane today resulted in a myriad of problems as trees fell and properties got damaged.
A total of 30,000 lighting strikes were reported as the storm surged on alongside winds moving at 70km/h; the severe weather left 30,000 customers without power.
The BOM also reported that the city is likely to witness more wild weather.
“Possible showers and storms tomorrow, but everything ramping up again on Tuesday when we see that upper trough coming through,” the BoM’s Michael Gray said.
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