Oi, Oi, Oi! Hail Pounds Aussies

By: CBS News
By: CBS News

A severe summer hailstorm hit the Australian capital of Canberra overnight on Tuesday, battering the city with rain and hailstones that measured more than two centimetres in diameter.

The hailstorm lasted for around 40 minutes, and turned Canberra's streets white.

Drivers were caught unawares when the large hailstones started to fall.

Most pulled over until the storm had passed, but some motorists pressed on in the adverse conditions.

Streets and buildings were flooded when the large hailstones blocked drains on a number of streets.

Some roads, schools and businesses will remain closed due to flooding and damage in some areas.

A massive cleanup was under way, and the city authorities say the damage bill is likely to run into millions of US dollars.

There may be more extreme weather on the way - forecasters have warned another severe thunderstorm may hit Canberra on Wednesday afternoon or overnight.

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