Tennis ball-size hailstones & 6,000 lightning strikes pummel Australia (VIDEOS, PHOTOS)

Video still. © Higgins Storm Chasing
Australia’s east coast has been blitzed with a barrage of intense weather phenomena, including more than 6,000 lightning strikes and hailstones the size of tennis balls.

The freak conditions struck the coast of Queensland earlier this week, prompting Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology to issue a series of “severe” weather warnings.

Electricity supply company Energex recorded more than 6,000 ground strikes of lightning on Wednesday alone and more than 3,900 properties losing power.

The severe weather has now gone on for two days. On Wednesday a woman was struck by lightning and a teenager was hit by a falling tree, ABC News reports.

People in the affected area took to social media to post videos and photos of the extreme weather as it battered their homes. ABC reported that the State Emergency Service was called to at least six homes across south-east Queensland due to hail and rain damage.

The Bureau of Meteorology lifted the warnings as night fell on Thursday, however many people are still left without electricity as crews continue to deal with fallen trees and power cables as well as other structural damage.

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