An insurance catastrophe was declared after a hail storm the size of golf balls that destroyed cars and buildings in Australia on Sunday and Monday.
The hailstorms that hit Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney have caused estimated damage of $ 320 million, with 29,000 claims submitted so far.
Two-thirds of the claims are for car damage, said the Australian Insurance Council.
A video of Canberra showed hailstones that shattered through the skylight of a medical office and fell inside, while other clips showed the huge bullets that broke the windshields of cars.
The ICA has declared a “catastrophe”, which means that insurers will prioritize claims for storm damage compensation.
Experts expect the damage numbers to rise. A storm that hit Sydney in December 2018 saw around 143,000 claims filed, worth $ 1,357 billion.
The extraordinary hailstorms that hit Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney have caused damage to an estimated value of 320 million dollars. In the photo: the storm in Canberra on Monday
A video (above) of Canberra showed the hail stones shattering through the skylight of a medical clinic
Trees fallen out of a house in Sydney’s Caringbah as the cleaning begins
ICA spokesman Campbell Fuller said: “The Insurance Council’s catastrophe statement indicates that such claims are a priority for insurers, so insurers will look for the best way to help those customers and help them as quickly as possible.”
Referring to the recent fires that caused more than $ 300 million in damage, he added: “It is certainly a very angry summer and we are not yet halfway through the disaster season.”
The hailstorm hit Melbourne for the first time on Sunday evening, before hitting Canberra at noon and ascending through New South Wales to reach Sutherland County in Sydney on Monday night.
How does this hailstorm compare to others in the past?
The extraordinary hailstorms that hit Melbourne, Canberra and southern Sydney have so far caused estimated damage of $ 320 million.
In December 2018, a hailstorm hit Sydney and the central coast, causing $ 1.3 billion in damage.
The biggest storm was the 1999 storm in Sydney.
The most expensive natural disaster in Australia’s history caused $ 1.7 billion in damage.
An emergency notice telling residents to move indoors was issued at approximately 4:45 pm on Sunday for the city of Melbourne, Caulfield, Glen Waverley, Altona, off Sandringham and Williamstown.
The Red Hot Summer Tour at Mornington Racecourse has been canceled amid safety fears of hail and lightning.
The storm hit Canberra on Monday, while hail the size of golf balls rained on Parliament House.
A record number of requests for help were made to the ACT emergency services agency.
Around 1,900 calls were made at noon and 8:00 PM on Monday, more than triple the annual average.
Buildings and hundreds of cars were damaged as hail struck the capital in a 30-minute frenzy of wild weather before the sun reappeared.
Emergency services worked overnight to respond to roof and window damage, fallen trees and electrical hazards.
Car windshields were canceled at Australian National University and Old Parliament House, while a 117km / h wind gust was recorded at Canberra airport.
The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) building was severely damaged with the greenhouse roofs entering the greenhouse.
A car damaged by a fallen tree in the southern suburb of Caringbah in Sydney after storms
The storm hit Canberra on Monday as hail-sized golf balls rained
Reclamation is underway after severe storms hit Sydney (pictured), Newcastle and Wollongong, with NSW’s SES answering more than 800 overnight calls
The storm damaged 65 greenhouses and wiped out years of research.
At least two people were treated by the ACT ambulance service for minor injuries caused by the storm.
The National Museum of Australia closed its doors after the storm tore the outer roofs, damaged the shady clothes and caused leaks in the corridors, bars and galleries.
The animals were injured during the storm, with a koel, a crow, a galah, a cockatoo and a magpie treated all at the Canberra referral hospital.
Eventually, the storm hit the Sydney suburbs Monday night while emergency services responded to 800 requests for help.
About 14,000 Ausgrid customers lost energy after strong winds, lightning and hail hit the Sutherland Shire area and the northern beaches of Sydney, the company released on social media on Monday evening.
Fewer than 4,000 customers remained helpless on Tuesday morning.
‘The areas of Sutherland, Miranda and Caringbah have been really affected. Today we have teams that do significant work … we did almost 70% of the work overnight, “SES assistant commissioner Paul Bailey told ABC TV.
“It was a fantastic season … the weather was extremely unusual.”
Storm clouds gather over Sydney Harbor on Monday evening before pouring rain on the city
The storm hit the suburbs of Sydney on Monday night when emergency services responded to 800 requests for help. In the photo: a car damaged by bad weather
A 16-year-old boy was struck by lightning in the Blue Mountains on Monday afternoon, while a 24-year-old man was also treated nearby.
Both were taken to Nepean hospital in stable condition.
A 65-year-old man was treated for multiple injuries and airlifted to John Hunter Hospital in stable condition after a large tree crashed into a glass door in a Harrington home on the north central coast.
NSW emergency services minister David Elliott on Monday warned of debris in the outflow of rainfall in areas affected by fires.
“The outflow of rains in areas affected by fires can behave differently and be faster with consequent sudden floods that can contain debris such as ash, earth, trees and rocks,” said Elliott in a statement.
The hail crashed into the cars on a Canberra street on Monday during the terrible storm
Car windshields were canceled by Australian National University and Old Parliament House, while a 117km / h gust of wind was recorded at Canberra airport (the new parliament building was photographed after the storm)
Weather forecast agency Bureau of Meteorology Gabrielle Woodhouse also said that areas affected by fire could be subject to runoff, sudden floods and debris-covered roads.
“Due to the conditions of fire and drought, much of the vegetation is weakened and this means that the branches of trees and trees will be much more likely to go down due to the gust of wind or a little hail,” Ra Woodhouse said.
The downpours provided relief to parts of New South Wales affected by the drought in recent days and helped firefighters slow down the spread of forest fires and build containment lines in anticipation of an increased fire hazard in the middle of the week.
A heat peak is expected on Thursday and Friday.
The SES said that residents of New South Wales could help prevent storm damage by cutting off protruding branches, cleaning gutters and drainpipes and securing or putting loose objects around the courtyard or balcony.
Wind warnings are pending for the coasts of Byron, Coffs, Macquarie and Eden.
An Instagram photo shows car damage after the horror hail hit Melbourne