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Hail apocalypse in Sydney, Australia: Deluge declared as catastrophe as surfers even had to shelter under their boards for protection! (videos)

On December 20, 2018, the NSW coast was battered with hail that would easily match a mean cricket ball in a fair fight. Severe storms were reported from the Central Coast down to Kiama in the south, with icy stones up to 8cm in diameter accosting areas like Berowra on the upper North Shore and pelting out to Western Suburbs like Oran Park, Harrington Park and Casula.

Just one day after hailstorms pummelled Sydney and the central coast, it is already the most expensive catastrophe for insurance companies this year.

In Sydney, the hail onslaught started in the west at around 5pm and was ravaging the inner city suburbs within an hour. Some in Redfern put the buckets of sky ice to good use.