Severe thunderstorms brought severe damage, uprooting trees, damaging buildings and leaving tens of thousands without power in the eastern part of Australia during the Christmas period. Nine people, including a nine-year-old girl, lost their lives as a result of the storms. The storm caused widespread destruction, with wind, rain, and hail causing damage in Victoria, New South Wales, and Queensland. The storm resulted in power outages for more than 90,000 households. The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast further rain and the possibility of severe thunderstorms in the east.
The storms are part of escalating climate consequences, according to experts, and follow intense heatwaves and bushfires in the spring, and the recent Cyclone Jasper. While the east deals with rain and storms, the west is facing bushfires that have resulted in a volunteer firefighter’s death. The El Niño phenomenon is contributing to these weather extremes in Australia.
The aftermath of the storms in Australia highlights the impact of severe weather events on communities and infrastructure and raises concerns about the implications of climate change. The storms have caused significant damage, with authorities warning of the destructive potential of the weather events.