Reporter Zoe Sinclair watches as a storm front, which dumped hail on Calliope and Benaraby, approaches Gladstone yesterday.
Reporter Zoe Sinclair watches as a storm front, which dumped hail on Calliope and Benaraby, approaches Gladstone yesterday.

Storm front dumps hail on towns near Gladstone

By ZOE SINCLAIRzoe@gladstoneobserver.com.au

PEOPLE scattered yesterday afternoon as thunder clouds, tinged with an unusual pink and green colouring that screamed 'hail'', approached from the west.

A line of storms and showers rumbled over the ranges, spitting marble-sized hailstones at Calliope on the way past.

As the black clouds rolled ominously towards the coast, word quickly spread to Boyne Island, Tannum Sands and Gladstone reminding people of the storm 18 months ago that delivered golf-ball sized hail stones and causing enormous damage to the region.

Areas around Calliope took on the appearance of a snow field about 2pm while people to the east prepared to get their cars under cover.

However, stormchasers were disappointed and car owners relieved as the threatening clouds, cracking thunder and lightning, put on a show but moved out to sea leaving behind some heavy rain but no damage.

Rockhampton bureau weather forecaster Mike Marrinan said most of the hail was confined to the Calliope area and the Keppel Coast.

He said the official rain measurements from 9am to 4pm registered only a few millimetres.

Radar Hill in Gladstone registered 2.4mm while the airport only had 0.4mm and there was no recording for Calliope. He expected it to clear today.



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