Mango-sized hailstones hit Australian town
Combo of hailstorm pictures.
The giant hailstones measured more than 16 centimetres (six inches) in diameter, Australia's Bureau of Meteorology said Wednesday.
They hit Yalboroo when a storm swept through the small town about 1,000 kilometres (621 miles) north of Brisbane late Tuesday.
WOW!! Toormina near Coffs Harbour has just copped an almighty hail storm! 😲— Victorian Storm Chasers (@VicStormChasers) October 20, 2021
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Social media images showed the icy monsters spilling out of people's hands, and huge hailstones were seen smashing down in front of a car in one video posted on Twitter.
"Yesterday's 16cm hail in Yalboroo, Queensland is a new Australian record," the Bureau of Meteorology tweeted.
Severe hail storm causes flooding and building damage across Toormina suburb in Coffs Harbor, Australia pic.twitter.com/QGYnKeMCD8— Factal News (@factal) October 20, 2021
"The atmosphere was extremely unstable, which allowed hail to continue growing before gravity forced it to the ground."
The previous record of 14 centimetres was set in southeast Queensland state in October 2020, the bureau added.
There were fresh warnings of severe thunderstorms along Australia's east coast on Wednesday, with reports of giant hailstones striking for a second day -- this time in the coastal town of Coffs Harbour, north of Sydney.