Shocking moment tennis ball-sized hailstones SMASH through a window in violent Queensland storm

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Huge hailstones were filmed smashing through a window during a wild storm as houses were battered by 100kmh winds on Saturday.

Hail pummelled the home at Springfield Lakes, south of Brisbane‘s CBD, as dangerous supercell thunderstorms moved through southeast Queensland.

The home owner can be heard shouting as the massive hailstones pelted his house and backyard before shattering the glass window.  

Many Queenslanders have had their home windows smashed, cars damaged and gardens covered in hail but experts warned more storms would grip the state. 

There’s more wild weather on the way today with storms in regional Queensland and NSW that could potentially kill exposed livestock. 

A series of damaging supercell thunderstorms plowed through Queensland on Saturday night and shattered car and home windows with massive hailstones (damaged car pictured)

A series of damaging supercell thunderstorms plowed through Queensland on Saturday night and shattered car and home windows with massive hailstones (damaged car pictured) 

Hailstones as big as 14cm were reported at Logan, south of Brisbane, while hail up to 7cm in diameter fell at Ipswich, Gatton and Adare (damaged home in Queensland pictured)

Hailstones as big as 14cm were reported at Logan, south of Brisbane, while hail up to 7cm in diameter fell at Ipswich, Gatton and Adare (damaged home in Queensland pictured) 

One Springfield Lakes resident captured the terrifying moment a tennis ball-sized hailstone smashed through a glass window at his home (pictured above) on Saturday evening

One Springfield Lakes resident captured the terrifying moment a tennis ball-sized hailstone smashed through a glass window at his home (pictured above) on Saturday evening 

The Bureau of Meteorology on Saturday warned of ‘life-threatening’ conditions in Queensland.

‘These thunderstorms are a significant threat to property and life,’ the bureau tweeted. 

Hailstones as big as 14cm were reported at Logan, south of Brisbane, while hail up to 7cm in diameter fell at Ipswich, Gatton and Adare. 

The Bureau of Meteorology’s Michael Gray told Daily Mail Australia the fast-moving supercells were caused by a combination of factors.     

‘We had some warm moist northerly winds bringing a lot of water in from the coast and an upper trough from NSW,’ he explained. 

‘We had a combination of all these conditions at the surface and some very cold conditions up high and those two things mixed together to get the giant hailstones.’

The meteorologist said rainfall remained low in comparison to other storms at about 20 to 30 mm.  

The damaging weather (pictured) has subsided but storms will continue on Sunday

The damaging weather (pictured) has subsided but storms will continue on Sunday 

Severe thunderstorms that formed along the Great Dividing Range pushed towards the coast from the NSW border to areas north of the Sunshine Coast (pictured, hail in Brisbane)

Severe thunderstorms that formed along the Great Dividing Range pushed towards the coast from the NSW border to areas north of the Sunshine Coast (pictured, hail in Brisbane)

Queenslanders used tape measures to measure the width of hail stones from the storm

Queenslanders used tape measures to measure the width of hail stones from the storm

‘The trade off for not getting that much rainfall was that giant hail,’ he said.    

Emergency warnings were issued for parts of southern southeast Queensland, including Brisbane’s south, Ispwich, Logan and the Gold Coast.

People were urged to move cars undercover, secure loose outdoor items and stay indoors.  

Roads were clogged with traffic while car windows were left shattered due to the large hailstones.  

Three people – including two children – were trapped in their Ipswich home after a tree reportedly collapsed on the roof, the Courier Mail reported.

The trio freed themselves before emergency services arrived at the home at 4pm.

Energex reported more than 28,000 electricity users in the southeast of the state suffered an emergency outage.  

Severe weather warnings were issued across the Queensland (hail pictured with tennis ball)

Severe weather warnings were issued across the Queensland (hail pictured with tennis ball)  

Thousands of residents were left without power after the monster hailstorm (hail pictured)

Thousands of residents were left without power after the monster hailstorm (hail pictured) 

At least 15,000 Energex customers remained without power on Sunday as crews struggled to deal with significant damage. 

The storm also led RACQ Insurance to receive 445 motor claims and 245 property claims from the damage on Saturday night. 

Severe thunderstorms were also detected near Kingaroy and Gympie, with lashing rain and lightning also visible over much of New South Wales.  

Mr Gray warned some Queenslanders would see continued stormy weather on Sunday. 

‘There is a chance of some storms around the White Bay area, between about the Sunshine Coast and up to about Rockhampton, and stronger winds moving up the coast.

Several cars were smashed (pictured) in Queensland due to hail stones falling during the storm

Several cars were smashed (pictured) in Queensland due to hail stones falling during the storm

The thunderstorm (pictured in Queensland) is expected to move across NSW on Sunday

The thunderstorm (pictured in Queensland) is expected to move across NSW on Sunday   

‘The upper low that was a key part of the storms is moving across the coast and could see storms off the coast of Sydney,’ he said. 

Mr Gray explained NSW would see ‘showers and windy conditions’ before becoming drier from Monday onwards.    

The Bureau issued a warning for sheep graziers that cold temperatures, rain, showers and strong southerly winds were expected on Sunday. 

Affected areas include parts of the Illawarra and South Coast and there is a risk of losses of lambs and sheep exposed to these conditions. 

The State Emergency Service have advised residents to keep clear of fallen power lines, avoid flood water, keep clear of creeks and storm drains and beware of fallen trees or debris on the road.

FIVE DAY WEATHER FORECAST

SYDNEY 

SUNDAY: Min 15. Max 22. Showers. Becoming windy. 

MONDAY: Min 15. Max 21. Partly cloudy. 

TUESDAY: Min 15. Max 22. Partly cloudy. 

WEDNESDAY: Min 13. Max 25. Sunny. 

THURSDAY: Min 17. max 20. Shower or two.  

BRISBANE    

SUNDAY: Min 17. Max 33. Sunny. 

MONDAY: Min 18. Max 28. Mostly sunny. 

TUESDAY: Min 16. Max 28. Mostly sunny.

WEDNESDAY: Min 15. Max 29. Sunny. 

THURSDAY: Min 16. Max 34. Sunny.  

 

ADELAIDE  

SUNDAY: Min 14. Max 27. Sunny. 

MONDAY: Min 16. Max 31. Mosty sunny. 

TUESDAY: Min 20. Max 33. Mostly sunny. 

WEDNESDAY: Min 16. Max 21. Shower or two.

THURSDAY: Min 10. Max 19. partly cloudy.  

 

HOBART   

SUNDAY: Min 8. Max 17. Partly cloudy. 

MONDAY: Min 10. Max 22. Cloudy. 

TUESDAY: Min 13. max 28. Cloudy. 

WEDNESDAY: Min 18. Max 23. Shower or two. 

THURSDAY: Min 8. Max 15. Cloudy.  

 

 

 

MELBOURNE      

SUNDAY: Min 9. Max 18. Becoming sunny. 

MONDAY: Min 9. Max 25. Sunny. 

TUESDAY: Min 15. Max 29. Sunny. 

WEDNESDAY: Min 20. Max 24. Showers developing. 

THURSDAY: Min 10. Max 15. Possible shower.  

 

PERTH  

SUNDAY: Min 12. Max 20. Rain. 

MONDAY: Min 13. Max 21. Possible storm. 

TUESDAY: Min 14. Max 21. Partly cloudy. 

WEDNESDAY: Min 13. Max 24. Mostly sunny. 

THURSDAY: Min 15. Max 28. Mostly sunny.  

 

CANBERRA   

SUNDAY: Min 7. Max 21. Partly cloudy.

MONDAY: Min 7. Max 23. Mostly sunny.

TUESDAY: Min 8. Max 28. Cloud clearing. 

WEDNESDAY: Min 11. Max 28. Mostly sunny.

THURSDAY: Min 11. Max 19. Shower or two.   

 

DARWIN  

SUNDAY: Min 26. Max 36. Sunny. 

MONDAY: Min 26. Max 35. Sunny. 

TUESDAY: Min 27. Max 35. Partly cloudy. 

WEDNESDAY: Min 26. Max 35. Partly cloudy. 

THURSDAY: Min 27. Max 35. Possible storm. 

 

 Source: Bureau of Meteorology 

 

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