The overall insurance claims lodged by Queenslanders feature whopping 60% of motor vehicle claims despite roofs, solar panels and skylights being damaged as well. Following the declaration of a catastrophe in Queensland, insurers are wallowing in hailstorm damage claims filed by their customers.
Very dangerous thunderstorms battered the southeastern parts of the state on Saturday, thrashing some areas with tennis ball-sized hailstones.
As at Sunday 2pm, the Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) had received over 5,000 claims, with the sum of insured losses standing at about $60m.
Cars make up to 60% of the claims with the remaining made up of majorly house damage including solar panels, roofs and skylights.
Rosewood, Greenbank, Springfield and Boronia Heights all in Brisbane’s south, were among the most affected suburbs.
“The catastrophe declaration means insurers will prioritise claims from these hail-affected areas and will direct urgent attention to those most in need of assistance,” the ICA’s chief executive, Andrew Hall, explained on Sunday.
“Householders should contact their insurers before commissioning any repairs to their homes. They should ensure this work will be paid for under the policy.”
This is the first catastrophe declared for the 2020-21 natural disaster period, though Queensland’s southeast area has in recent years become a hotspot for highly destructive storms.
The disastrous hailstorms that struck Brisbane in 2014 and later in 2019 led to $1.5 billion and $504 million worth of claims respectively, with the Rockhampton hailstorm event of last April causing insured damage estimated at $503 million.
The latest forecast shows a reprieve in New South Wales following a weeklong of large hail, heavy rainfall, landslides and damaging winds.
Powerful thunderstorms pounded the NSW coast on Saturday, affecting far inland areas including Dubbo.
Windy and wet weather will persist on Sunday from the Port Stephens area all the way to the mid-northern coast and the Batemans Bay along the south coast.
Back in Sydney, the heaviest showers since 9am were received in the northern beaches and on southeast Sydney’s Little Bay.
A severe marine wind warning is in place for the coastal areas stretching from Coffs Harbour and extending to the Victorian border.
As the poor weather lingers on, the State Emergency Service noted that Sunday was a calmer day than Saturday, having received less than 400 distress calls and carried out just four flood rescues.
“It was a very busy day … The volunteers are still out there cleaning up outstanding jobs,” Neil Wiblin the duty officer said.
Majority of calls were from the southern parts of Sydney which was hard-hit by the catastrophe labelled hail, and south coast areas where unrelenting downpours caused flash flooding.
Extremely high rain totals were recorded throughout the state within 24 hours leading to 9am on Sunday. Moruya nearby Batemans Bay recorded 191mm.
The inundation caused minor flooding in Deua River at Wamban which is expected to hit its maximum at 5.2m around 2pm on Sunday. In the far north, Ulladulla received 109mm in just three hours.
The northern beaches of Sydney had blackout on Saturday as the highway on Snowy Mountains near Brown Mountain experienced a landslide.
The Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Shuang Wang told Storm Assist that the state was set to enjoy a three-day reprieve starting Monday.
“Tomorrow’s conditions will be totally different from yesterday’s,” she said. “Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday will definitely be good conditions, but from late Wednesday onwards, some weather will happen in the far south-east of NSW.”
This weather system is expected to track across the state on Thursday through to Friday, bringing more heavy rains and storms.
Authorities in Queensland are busy cleaning up the widespread damage caused by the tennis ball-sized hailstones on Saturday as a series of supercell thunderstorms bombarded the southeast parts of the state.
Logan situated south of Brisbane was also smashed by giant 14cm hailstones with Ipswich and Lockyer Valley in Brisbane’s west being hit by hail of up to 7cm.
The Fire and Emergency Service in Queensland received more than 1,800 calls from residents seeking help, mostly from the Ipswich area.
Energex earlier reported that over 42,000 electricity consumers experienced a power outage on Saturday but the number dropped to below 16,000 by Sunday morning.
Approximately 4,400 Ipswich City users remain in darkness with the BOM warning that Noosa, Redland city and the Sunshine Coast should brace for the worst impact.
Various areas in Brisbane were affected by flash flooding as powerful storms hit on Tuesday, the wettest October day ever recorded in the city since 2010.
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