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'Very dangerous': Warning over supercell thunderstorms

Josh Dutton
·News Reporter
·3-min read

Parts of Australia’s east coast are copping the brunt of Mother Nature with wild storms and heavy rain belting the NSW coastline as Queensland is warned about “very dangerous” weather to come.

Weatherzone meteorologist Ben Domensino tweeted Ulladalla on the NSW South Coast received 116mm of rain in just three hours on Saturday morning.

Hail blankets the ground at a property in Bangor, Sydney.
Hail in the backyard of a property in Bangor, Sydney. Source: AAP

In fact, since 9am it’s received 118mm. Moruya at Burra Creek got 73mm in the three hours to 10.51am.

Flash flooding is expected all along the coast, with the Bureau of Meteorology warning it could be life-threatening near Goulburn, Yass and Young.

According to BOM meteorologist Jonathan How, NSW could see more thunderstorms later on Saturday afternoon stretching across the border to Queensland.

A severe thunderstorm warning remains in place for most of the NSW coastline, including Sydney, with chances of destructive winds, giant hailstones and heavy rainfall.

The Northern Rivers area could also experience flash flooding.

Sydney was shaken by lightning about 1.15pm (local time) from a low pressure system.

Bizarrely, most areas around Sydney and even up the north coast have received barely any rain at all. Rose Bay has received just 2.4mm since 9am, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

Queensland warned over ‘very dangerous’ thunderstorms

BOM said there was the risk of “very dangerous” supercell thunderstorms in a warning issued to Queenslanders on Saturday morning.

"Very dangerous thunderstorms ... supercell thunderstorms that could lead to giant hail and destructive wind gusts in excess of 125km/h,” BOM Queensland said in a tweet.

According to meteorologist James Thompson, there were already severe thunderstorms hitting the NSW-Queensland border and Scenic Rim.

BOM has since labelled them “life-threatening” with 13cm hail stones falling in Hillcrest south of Brisbane.

Storms began developing in Beaudesert, Ipswich, Scenic Rim, Mount Barney and Crows Nest on Saturday afternoon.

RACQ tweeted at 3.20pm local time it had already received 170 phone and vehicle claims over storm damage.

with AAP

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