A fierce storm has pelted Canberra with icy hailstones the size of golf balls.
The ACT Emergency Services Agency has received 226 calls for help after the storm which lasted about 15 minutes early on Monday afternoon.
The State Emergency Service, Fire and Rescue and Rural Fire Service are responding to hail and roof damage, electrical threats and localised flooding.
ACT Ambulance Service is attending to two people with minor injuries sustained during the storm.
Power lines have come down leading to outages, according to reports, while the grounds of Parliament House look like it has been snowing.
Car windscreens have been smashed at Old Parliament House, the Australian National University and other parts of the city.
Animals were injured during the damaging storm, with parliament staff looking after a bloodied crow that copped a hailstone to its head.
Large hail stones, damaging winds and much-needed heavy rainfall are forecast to hit large swathes of fire-ravaged NSW, with a severe thunderstorm warning issued for much of the state’s south and east.
The Bureau of Meteorology on Monday issued a severe thunderstorm warning for parts of 13 districts, incorporating an area stretching from Tamworth to the NSW-Victoria border and as far west as Narrandera.
Greater Sydney, Gosford, Newcastle and other regional centres including Wagga Wagga, Albury and Griffith would likely be hit by destructive winds, giant hail stones and rainfall on Monday afternoon.
The bureau said the low-pressure system prompting the thunderstorm warning would move east to the Tasman Sea on Monday night.
The warnings come as damaging winds from thunderstorms across central NSW on Sunday whipped up dust storms that turned daytime into night.
Floods and fires in Victoria
Heavy rain has helped temper bushfires raging in Victoria’s east, but stormy conditions are presenting their own challenges as another spike in fire danger looms on Wednesday.
The State Emergency Service has received about 1500 calls for assistance since storms lashed Victoria on Sunday, more than 1000 of them for building damage.
Another 139 callouts were for flooding, while 118 were for trees that had fallen down on roads.
Rain fell hardest in East Gippsland, with 56.6mm falling at Mount Elizabeth and 55mm at Mount Wellington.
In Melbourne, the northeast and inner east were hit with severe thunderstorms, including giant hail.
Emergency Management Victoria Commissioner Andrew Crisp says the weather has helped calm some bushfires in the state’s east.
But it’s too soon to say what impact that will have on firefighting efforts.
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