Severe thunderstorms struck southeastern Queensland, Australia, on Christmas night, resulting in the death of a woman in her 50s in Helensvale. A tree fell on her while she was walking along the road. Over 120,000 homes lost power in areas such as Gold Coast, Scenic Rim, and Logan. Local electricity company Energex worked to repair 875 downed power lines, but power outages were expected to persist for days. The storms caused significant damage, destroying homes and toppling trees. New severe thunderstorm warnings were issued, with some Brisbane suburbs experiencing golf ball-size hail. The unusual weather pattern, with polar air from Antarctica drifting over southeastern states, was predicted to cause explosive thunderstorms during the Christmas period, as reported by the Australian ABC News.
Source – CGTN