Storm’s aftermath leaves monumental damages
THE aftermath of yesterday's violent storms has left the Sunshine Coast with a monumental clean-up and insurance claims in the thousands.
Over the course of about two hours the super cells swept through the region, starting at Beerwah and leaving suburbs in its wake.
Crops were ripped up in the Glasshouse Mountains, 100-year-old trees uprooted, hundreds of roofs damaged and thousands of windscreens shattered as the cricket ball-sized hail rained down.
Yesterday cars lined the Bruce Highway, unable to seek shelter.
Clayton's Towing towed about 80 cars with smashed windscreens and have been inundated with calls since.
Palmview resident Lyndon Westbrook had five cars totalled, and what he estimated in $80,000 in damages to the extension of his home.
His Colorbond fencing was distorted and bent, his solar panels in tatters, with Mr Westbrook still in shock 12 hours later.
Up the road, Catriona Wilson and her young family had tiles on their roof break off, which sent water cascading through their ceiling.
"All the water was coming out of the electrics and fans, the tiles got smashed and it was all waterlogged, the floors, carpets," Ms Wilson said.
"We might need the ceiling replaced and the tiles."
She said the hailstorm was done and dusted in about 15 minutes.
"It was very quick. You could see the green in the sky, then just this massive hail coming down in clumps. Huge hail, bigger than your fist, but over in 15 minutes," she said.
"It was so loud, at the start a big roar like a jet engine then just crazy. The kids were scared, I was scared."
Richard Owen said that morning, he and his young family had been in the swimming pool enjoying 30C heat.
By the afternoon, they were "huddled on the lounge as icefalls flew through their windows".
RACQ spokeswoman Lucinda Ross said the insurer had received more than 600 claims by 9.30am for hail damage.
She said the worst affected areas were the Glasshouse Mountains, Caloundra and Glenview.
"We've already received more than 670 claims for hail damage across the south east after the weekend's storms - 188 for homes and 483 for vehicles," Ms Ross said.