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10/09/2007

Monster hail hits eastern Australia

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AUSTRALIA
SYDNEY - HAIL the size of tennis balls lashed an eastern coast city in Australia on Tuesday, reportedly smashing windows and damaging cars and buildings, as a severe storm swept through.

Reports said the storm shut down the city of Lismore for 15mins as huge hailstones rained down.

'There are reports of giant hail in parts of Lismore of up to five to six centimetres and we're really worried about the potential for these thunderstorms to continue for the rest of the afternoon,' Michael Logan of the Bureau of Meteorology told state radio.

'These thunderstorms have the potential to be really quite frightening, with some really extreme weather associated with them.' State Emergency Services said it received scores of requests for help after the storm.

Weather experts said the temperature plummeted from 29 to 15 degrees Celsius within an hour as the storm swept in and warned that more thunderstorms could be on the way.

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"There are reports of giant hail in parts of Lismore of up to five to six centimetres and we're really worried about the potential for these thunderstorms to continue for the rest of the afternoon," said The Bureau of Meteorology's severe weather forecaster Michael Logan. Image: The SES is still assessing the damage caused by the hailstorm. (Jonathan Atkins) More Photos Here



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