Sydney Tornado and heavy hail caused a lot of damage Australia
Wild weather hits Australia’s east coast with tornadoes, golf ball-sized hail causing damage
Residents across New South Wales are surveying the damage after an afternoon of supercell storms hit Greater Sydney and a tornado swept through Armidale late Thursday night.
The tornado hit the northern tablelands city around 10pm, with reports of flipped cars and damage to houses.
The NSW SES received more than 120 calls for help from the regional centre, with around half of the population losing power.
There’s a lot of damage up in the Armidale are overnight. Fire and rescue are working with SES
Hours earlier, severe thunderstorms struck Sydney’s south and west with heavy rain and large hailstones inundating the city.
Hailstones larger than five centimetres were reported in the vast area between Sydney and Cowra in the central west.
Among the damage, the ceiling of a Westfield shopping centre at Mount Druitt collapsed during the deluge.
Late in the afternoon, the Bureau of Meteorology issued a tornado warning for Greater Sydney as the “really dangerous” storm approached the coast.
Severe storms also swept over areas of Victoria, with heavy hail reported in Pira in the state’s northeast, resembling a coating of snow.
Heavy hailstorms also left Melbourne’s North West blanketed in white.
Residents were left stunned by sudden turn in weather with some building makeshift "snow-men" out of the large hailstones.
The wild weather continued this morning, with a severe thunderstorm warning for damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall issued for South East Queensland residents.
Benobble near Mount Tamborine recorded more than 50mm of rain in the 30 minutes to 6.05 am