Shocking moment a female motorist shelters in her new SUV as it’s destroyed by hailstones during a supercell storm in Queensland
- A woman’s car has been destroyed during a supercell storm in Queensland
- Author T.M. Clark was forced to pull over as hail battered her car on Monday
- Ms Clark’s front window was completely shattered during the wild weather event
A woman’s car has been destroyed by hailstones as a supercell storm ripped through south-east Queensland.
Author T.M. Clark was behind the driver’s wheel on Bribie Island Road in Ningi when the weather event hit just before 3pm on Monday afternoon.
The hail lashed the front of the new Camry, causing the right side of the window to crack.
Ms Clark began to swear as she filmed the rain and hail batter the length of the window, causing the glass to completely shatter.
The hail lashed the front of the new Camry, causing the right side of the window to crack
‘I thought it was just another storm to be honest. We get so many big storms coming through,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.
‘I didn’t realise until I saw the hail.’
Ms Clark said the hail was about the size of a golf ball and the car was hammered for about two minutes before it eased.
The author, who was born in Zimbabwe, said she is ‘not normally a swearer’ but admitted she was a bit ‘panicked’ by the wild weather.
‘My new car is totalled,’ she said.
‘I think maybe the whole bumper got spared [but everything else was damaged].’
The new car was completely destroyed during the storm in Queensland on Monday afternoon
The Bureau of Meteorology earlier warned of severe storms bringing damaging winds, large hail and heavy rain to the Sunshine Coast, Maroochydore, Caloundra, Gympie, Noosa and Dalby on Monday afternoon. Pictured: Hail is seen from Monday’s storm
The car is three months old and hasn’t even clocked more than 8,000km.
Ms Clark jumped into the backseat with her son as the storm rolled on, fearful the window would completely fall apart.
‘I thought it was going to come through, there were shards of glass,’ she said.
‘I wasn’t sure the windscreen would hold.’
The Bureau of Meteorology earlier warned of severe storms bringing damaging winds, large hail and heavy rain to the Sunshine Coast, Maroochydore, Caloundra, Gympie, Noosa and Dalby on Monday afternoon.
Hail falls in south-east Queensland as a storm ripped through on Monday afternoon
‘That was quite a downpour! Yesterday, shower and thunderstorm activity provided a break from the heat, with the top falls recorded on the Sunshine Coast – 142mm at Borumba Dam!’ the bureau said on Tuesday.
Energex said 22,017 customers across south-east Queensland were left without power at 8pm on Monday.
The bureau said residents at Woodford, north-west of Brisbane, reported three-centimetre hailstones.
On Tuesday, Brisbane was forecast to hit 32C with mostly sunny conditions.
Sydney dropped to 22C after hot weather on Monday, while Melbourne is brisk with a high of 18C.
Perth will be very hot with 40C expected, while Adelaide could hit 22C.
Hobart should reach 19C, while it Canberra is forecast for 20C. A storm or two is expected in Darwin, with temperatures soaring to 33C.
Ms Clark said the hail was about the size of a golf ball and the car was hammered for about two minutes before it eased. Pictured: Her destroyed car